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Spring into Action for Age Scotland

Published on 13 April 2021 08:03 AM

The national charity for older people is encouraging people to get moving every day next month as part of a new fundraising activity challenge.

Throughout May, Age Scotland is asking people across the country to ‘Spring into Action’ to help support older people in Scotland.

Fundraisers can take part however they choose, but the most important thing is to make sure they are active every day.

All funds raised by Spring into Action participants will go towards Age Scotland’s vital services, including the national friendship line, which offers a place older people can turn if they are in need of support, comfort and reassurance or even just missing a friendly voice.

Gary McGowan from Aberdeenshire recently took part in an activity challenge to support Age Scotland.

He said: “I am delighted I chose to raise money for Age Scotland as I feel charities like this may not get the support or coverage they need and deserve. Knowing I have raised over £2,500 that will go towards ensuring isolated older people get the support and contact they need fills me with joy.”

Age Scotland’s Director of Charity Services, Michelle Supple, said:

“Running and walking events have always been a great way to help raise vital funds and, even with many regular events unfortunately cancelled over the past year, we’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown by fundraisers still going above and beyond.

“We hope to see as many people as possible taking up our challenge to ‘Spring into Action’ this May. With nights getting lighter and better weather on the horizon, this is a great excuse to get out and about and support a worthy cause at the same time.

“Whether you run one mile, walk five, or design your own challenge, your fundraising efforts will be making a real difference for older people in Scotland.

“The money you raise will fund vital services like our friendship line. Every week we receive hundreds of calls from older people looking for support. Many are lonely and isolated and just want to hear a friendly voice. We listen, provide comfort and friendship and let them know someone cares.

“No one should feel like they have no one to turn to. To help us be there for every older person who needs us, sign up to the challenge today.”

Anyone looking to sign up to Age Scotland’s Spring into Action challenge can find further information at www.age.scot/SpringIntoAction

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Notes to editors:

  • Age Scotland urges fundraisers to ensure their activities comply with local authority and government advice.

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Age Scotland provides a seven day a week response service to media enquiries through a dedicated telephone line and email.

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