Donate your drink to Age UK
This bank holiday might feel a bit different, but with our amazing staff and volunteers out helping vulnerable older people, we think there’s still reason to celebrate.
While many of us would usually make the most of a long weekend to see family, fire up the barbecue or spend an afternoon in our favourite beer garden, this sunny bank holiday will feel a bit different.
Coronavirus might be keeping us apart, but Age UK staff and volunteers up and down the country will be using their bank holidays to show isolated older people they're not alone. They'll be delivering food parcels, checking in on people in the community and answering calls from those that don’t know where else to turn.
We think they're worth celebrating – will you join us?
Donating the cost of your usual pint, glass of wine or mocktail to our Coronavirus Emergency Appeal will ensure our staff and volunteers can continue to be there for older people. The money raised through the appeal could go towards delivering food parcels, checking in on people in the community or answering calls from those who don’t know where else to turn.
Text CHEERS to 70800 to donate £5
Texts cost £5 + one message at standard network rate. 100% of your donation goes to Age UK.
Say cheers to volunteers like Bryan
Bryan, who is a local Firefighter, has been volunteering for Age UK Medway for two days a week throughout the coronavirus crisis, where he met 102-year old Dolly. Bryan and Dolly have struck up a lovely friendship.
Bryan says it is “so rewarding” to volunteer for Age UK Medway and said, “I’d give anything to have my parents back, so to know Age UK Medway are here doing this, means so much.”
Despite still being on-call for Kent Fire & Rescue every evening, Bryan delivers up to 30 meals a time during his two days with Age UK Medway and says he would like to continue to volunteer even once the coronavirus crisis is over.
Toast to people like Poppy working on our frontline
Since the beginning of the crisis, Poppy, a Home Services Supporter at Age UK Portsmouth, has tirelessly travelled between supermarkets, pharmacies and people’s homes, ensuring that the most vulnerable members of our community have the food and medication they need.
A lot of the people Poppy sees don't have families or friends, so rely on her help. She says “I really don't like to think about what would happen to some of these older people if Age UK wasn't around right now. I really don't know what would happen.”
Raise a glass to our advisers like Peta
Peta works at Level 1 of the Age UK Advice Line. At the moment her day-to-day job is answering an abundance of basic coronavirus enquiries, providing advice on issues such as how to get help with shopping, and how to support someone more vulnerable at this time.
Peta says about working on the advice line: “Every day I get to support so many older people by providing information and advice on everything from benefits, to social care, wills, power of attorney, and how to become more involved in the community and lead a less lonely existence.”
Emergency coronavirus appeal
Demand for our vital services is increasing rapidly. Please help us be there for older people who desperately need us during this crisis.