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We have been blown away by the support from local businesses, community groups and individuals through the coronavirus crisis.

Thanks to them we've been able to help hundreds of older people each week through these difficult times. 

A clap from all of us at Age UK Solihull

Some of our colleagues got together on a video call to thank all our supporters on behalf of the charity, and take a moment at the end to remember the colleagues, volunteers, clients and family members our team has sadly lost since the beginning of this crisis.

Our wonderful supporters

Volunteers

  • Our existing volunteers who have taken on new roles and responsibilities
  • Several hundred individuals who have become new volunteers
  • Edwardian FC (Rugby Union) and Olton Cricket Club who helped deliver 3,000 food packages to older people across the borough every day (pictured right)
  • National Grid volunteers who are carrying out telephone welfare checks to help us keep in touch with older residents and refer them to more help if needed 
  • Solihull Summerfest
  • Solihull Self-Isolation Support Group 
  • Healthwatch Solihull 

Financial Support

  • Age UK (national) 
  • MK Health Club, who donated £15,000 of their funds from Mkadifference Charity in memory of an old friend, who also happened to be an old client of ours (cheque being handed over by Ian Rogers from Solihull Summerfest, right)
  • Western Power
  • JLR
  • Sembcorp Energy 
  • Paragon
  • Knowle Masonic Centre
  • Heart of England Community Fund
  • Beaumont Hill Farm
  • One Stop Carriers for Causes
  • IMI plc
  • Knowle & Dorridge Lions 
  • Shirley Lions 
  • Rotary Club of Knowle & Dorridge 
  • Meriden Rotary Club
  • Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
  • Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
  • Jack's Supports
  • Sing! Bentley Heath
  • Standard Life
  • Saqib Bhatti MP
  • Tesco Bags of Help
  • Our clients whose grateful comments and donations are not expected but make our day
  • All the individuals who have donated to or shared our fundraising appeal

Fundraisers

  • 5 year old Benji who raised over £1,000 with his 2.6 Challenge to dance non stop for 26 minutes
  • Matthew Smith who raised £1,180 for us and the national Age UK with his epic challenge to run the distance from Land's End to John O'Groats in his back garden over 50 days (right)
  • Barchester Healthcare who donated food bank supplies and also fundraised with a 2.6 Challenge where they walked and jogged around Fountains Care Home 26 times
  • Edwardian FC (Rugby Union) who, as well as helping with food bank deliveries, raised £1,071 for us by virtually walking, running and cycling over 4,500 miles across the Six Nations
  • Our Fundraising Manager, Lorraine Hart, and her husband John, who took part in My Prudential Ride London and cycled 19 miles, raising £220
  • Legal and General are walking 115 miles and have raised around £1,000 so far in doing so
  • Gill Wyatt, who is raising funds for us by completing 31,000 steps in August

Everyone who has made or donated face masks, including:

  • Scrub Hub South Birmingham
  • Ellie Alice Seamstress
  • Midlands NHS Uniform Bag Donations
  • Ann White
  • Trudie Cooper
  • Emily King
  • John Outhwaite
  • Sue George
  • Julie Morgan
  • Anne Cross
  • Katherine Hughes
  • Sarah Lampkin
  • Sally Mosley
  • Krys Zalewska
  • Pat Marshall
  • Alix Cannell
  • Lyn Clowes
  • Maragret Oswald
  • Coreen

Partners and other supporters

  • Solihull residents who continue to support us, whatever we ask for
  • All our voluntary sector partners
  • Solihull Council who have provided unwavering support throughout the crisis
  • The Lower Ground Floor Porters at The Core whose support we couldn't do it all without (right)
  • Solihull Police and Solihull Fire Service who have supported us to carry out safe and well checks

Food Bank Supplies

  • Helping Hands Food Bank who worked with us to ensure vulnerable people in Solihull of all ages had what they need. We have now passed weekly food packages to Helping Hands
  • Birmingham Business Park who have collected food and supplies for us for the last 18 months, and have hugely stepped it up during the coronavirus crisis
  • National Grid who helped keep our food bank in stock and are also collecting funds to be donated to us
  • Encore Cafe at The Core who kept our food in stock and let us use their fridges and freezers
  • John Lewis who donated a fridge freezer so we could accept donations of fresh food
  • Waitrose who enabled us and our supporters to provide what older people need
  • Morrisons who donated food to our food bank
  • Elderberry Blacks Cafe who donated all their fresh stock when they closed for lockdown
  • Solihull Round Table who made several donations of food and other supplies (right)
  • Chris Brogan, Mandy Hart, Lynn Waddell, Liz & Andrew Morton and Anne Lavery from Broad Oaks Road Support 2020 who made substantial donations to our food bank every week
  • Knowle Masonic Centre who donated food and made financial donations
  • Crowne Plaza who donated fresh fruit
  • Individuals, including Saema MalikIsobel Rose Stevenson and Mr and Mrs Patel, who donated food and other supplies

It's been truly incredible to see the community come together to help the most vulnerable in our society. We would not have been able to do what we have without the support above.

Thank you all!