Fundraising brothers go above and beyond in aid of Age Scotland
Published on 22 May 2020 04:28 PM
Age Scotland has thanked two Glenrothes-based brothers for going above and beyond to support vulnerable older people during COVID-19 and beyond.
With schools closed due to the coronavirus crisis, brothers Joshua (10) and Oliver (7) decided that they wanted to pass some time by doing something charitable. They chose to support Age Scotland as they don't want older people to be lonely during this difficult time.
They challenged themselves to walk from Falkland Hill to the top of West Lomond Hill and back - almost 9 miles - and completed their challenge on 8 May, smashing their fundraising target and raising over £400.
Scotland’s national charity for older people has been ‘overwhelmed and inspired’ by the number of younger people voicing concerns about the impact of coronavirus on those who are older, and coming up with innovative ways to raise awareness and funds to help them.
Since the pandemic began, Age Scotland’s free Helpline has seen an unprecedented surge in calls from older people seeking advice and information, including how to get essential food supplies and medical prescriptions.
Loneliness and isolation is also an area of serious concern, with at least one third of the calls received coming from older people who just want someone to talk to.
Age Scotland’s Chief Executive, Brian Sloan, said:
“The generosity, kindness and compassion shown by fundraisers like Joshua and Oliver has been amazing during what has undoubtedly been an incredibly difficult time for tens, if not hundreds, thousands of older people.
We’re so grateful for their efforts and it was lovely to receive a video from the brothers explaining why they chose to support Age Scotland too.
“More young people than ever are reaching out to us, looking for ways to get involved, volunteer and fundraise to help older people who may be feeling anxious, isolated and lonely as a result of continuing lockdown and shielding measures.
“Just £10 raised will pay for two friendship calls to older people and could make all the difference to someone's life – a friendly chat with one of our advisers can help turn a bad day around for someone feeling low.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to Joshua and Oliver, from all of us at Age Scotland – your efforts will help ensure we can provide information, advice and friendship to each older person who needs it. Congratulations on completing your challenge!”