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Author: Age NI
Published on 22 October 2010 12:00 AM

Radio star George Jones is urging people throughout Northern Ireland to ‘spread the warmth’ and support the Age NI Christmas concert on Thursday 2 December in association with Marks & Spencer.

Proceeds will help Age NI continue to provide advice, support and practical services to enable older people in Northern Ireland to stay warm, healthy and connected during the cold winter months.

The U105 presenter will be joined at the Ulster Hall by country music legends Susan McCann, Philomena Begley and The Nathan Carter Band. Tickets cost £20 and are available from the Ulster Hall Box Office on 028 9033 4455.

Bill Waddle, M&S Head of Region for Northern Ireland said, ‘Marks & Spencer is delighted to be sponsoring the Age NI Christmas Concert at the Ulster Hall and supports the charity’s campaign to ‘Spread the Warmth’ this winter. As a retailer, M&S caters for all fashion conscious individuals regardless of age and as an employer, we value the contribution and wealth of experience that older workers can bring to the retail business. The Age NI Christmas Concert is a fantastic opportunity for people to formally support this worthwhile charity while at the same time enjoying a night of festive country music entertainment.’

Siobhan Casey, Director of Marketing at Age NI said, ’The Age NI ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign will encourage real warmth towards older people in our society. The Christmas concert is an opportunity for us to get together socially with friends and family, but for many vulnerable older people, the feelings of loneliness and anxiety experienced during the festive season can be overwhelming.’

She continued, ‘Older people in Northern Ireland are dying unnecessarily during the winter months. There have been 756 excess winter deaths (provisional figure) amongst older people for the winter of 2009/10*. Paying fuel bills and wearing warm clothes in winter is extremely important, however older people may experience other issues during the cold weather including poor health, loneliness and isolation due to lack of social contact. It is imperative that we do all we can to help spread the warmth by keeping in touch with older family, friends and neighbours to ensure they enjoy a warm, healthy and connected winter.’

To book concert tickets call 028 9033 4455. Tickets are also available to buy at selected Xtra-vision stores across Northern Ireland.

Contact the Age NI fundraising team to find out about fundraising opportunities in your local area.

* NISRA, Excess Winter Deaths in 2009-10

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575