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BRIDGE IT! Fundraising Campaign

Published on 01 November 2023 01:03 PM

We’ve launched a new fundraising campaign 'Please help us to BRIDGE IT!' as we embark on a fight for survival.

Spiralling costs have left us in dire need of increasing income if we are to continue supporting thousands of local older people every year.

Jamie Anderson, Chief Executive, says ‘This is the worst funding crisis I’ve experienced in 25 years of being with the charity.  And it’s not just a case of us needing to keep our current services and activities running – the older population in Wirral is increasing in number, and will continue to do so over coming years.  Demand for our support has gone through the roof.  It really worries me what the impact would be for older people and their families in Wirral if we have to make some really difficult decisions to stop services and activities over the coming weeks and months.  Older people often tell us we are their lifeline but now it’s a case of we need to find our lifeline to keep all of the plates spinning’.

The ‘BRIDGE IT!’ campaign is urging the Wirral community to come together and help bridge the gap between our current income and the actual costs of providing our care and support right across Wirral.  Using the strapline ‘We never know what we’ve got until it’s gone’, we are seeking to raise at least £75,000 over the coming weeks from the campaign, which will feature in all of our shops, buildings and across a range of social media platforms.  The ‘BRIDGE IT!’ campaign will be narrated by Bridgit, the campaign ambassador who will feature throughout the campaign.

 

Please help us bridge the gap in funding and DONATE NOW!

Here are your easy options:
  • In our shops
  • By phone 0151 433 3317
  • Legacy
  • JustGiving: bit.ly/bridgeitdonate
  • Our website: bit.ly/bridgeitdetails
  • By TEXT*: Text BRIDGE followed by the amount you want to donate to 70450
    *Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message.

Bridgit explains: “The reasons that there is a £75,000 gap in the finances are:

  • The costs and lasting effects of Covid; our Emergency
    Response was one of the biggest in Wirral.
  • Demand for services has increased substantially since Covid and as much as Age UK Wirral are able, we have sought to meet some of that demand but by no means all.
  • Seeking to meet demand has meant more people and increased costs in salaries and add-ons.
  • Cost of living crisis – higher fuel, food and supplies.

 

Where would I be without Age UK Wirral

ACROSS A YEAR:

  • £5 per month will pay for a day’s care for someone living with Dementia
  • £10 per month will pay for two people to be settled in their own homes, from hospital
  • £15 per month will pay for 12 hours of support for those Carers in crisis
  • £20 per month will pay for 2 days for someone with Dementia in our care home to enable their Carer to have a break
  • £25 per month will mean we can continue to combat loneliness and isolation through training Befrienders and providing social activities
  • ONE OFF DONATIONS VERY WELCOME