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Christmas Extravaganza

Published on 28 November 2019 01:03 PM

Results of Festive Extravaganza will help local, lonely, older people

On Saturday 16th November, Age UK Horsham District held its annual Christmas event which included a demonstration from the children at Kick’s Dance Academy and performances by local choirs Horsham Community Choir and the Pleasure Singers.

Helper at stall

The event was a huge success raising just over £1,550! There were plenty of stalls from Christmas decorations and gifts, to cakes, candles and cuddly toys and a raffle of course!

Simon Dowe, CEO for the Charity said: “The atmosphere at the Extravaganza was fantastic! I think everybody who came along enjoyed it and the money raised will help us to support local older people, perhaps who don’t have family or friends nearby and are feeling very lonely, especially at this time of year.”

The team at Age UK Horsham District provide many services to ensure older people are getting the help they need. Our Home Visiting and Information and Advice services are both vital in helping older people to remain independent and improve well-being. Many of our services are completely free and money raised at the Christmas Extravaganza will help them to continue in the future.

Simon said: “It’s staggering that in England, 1.9 million older people often feel ignored or invisible. Many older people regularly go for weeks at a time without seeing or speaking to family or friends. Loneliness can have a serious effect on physical and mental health.

“At Age UK Horsham District, we believe no one should have no one. Not at Christmas. Not ever. We want to ensure that help is available all year round for older people who find their lives adversely affected by loneliness, illness or poverty and we are working hard to provide support to those who need us by offering services such as Home Visiting.”

This vital service offers a lifeline to chronically lonely older people in Horsham District, by providing companionship and support.

The charity is always looking for volunteers to become befrienders and if you would like further information about how you can get involved and change the lives of older people for the better, please call on 01403 260560 or see the Volunteer page