Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
Why do we want to do this?
We have a profound passion for the elderly, given we get to see their daily struggles through our working careers.
Over the last few years especially around Festive periods, particularly Christmas time, we would all naturally spend time with families and friends, exchange gifts, play a few games and just have a Merry old time.
But for Care Givers at Essential health, it is often met with sadness and loneliness for the elderly, tears and a general decline in themselves.
Some have no one at all, no gifts, no contact from family, some don’t even have a single piece of tinsel.
Over the years despite all our efforts I felt that something more was needed to stop this loneliness, not just at Christmas but throughout the year.
Day in day out, some of our elderly wouldn’t see a soul except their carers, charities that could help were often unable to, due to the volume needed and the continuous funding cuts.
Caring and assisting with practical daily living for our elderly is not always enough, times have changed, people have naturally become so busy with their own lives. The generation whereby you took care of your elderly neighbour has long since gone. 35 years ago, the daily neighbourly visit, grocery trip or paper collection was a natural thing to do. The elderly were reliant on their community and would rarely be seen so isolated as they are today.
We must do something to stop this loneliness, Age UK North staffs have had more funding cuts and cannot help as much as they would like without sponsors and our local community.
Therefore, we are asking people to help Essential health to raise money for this amazing charity, Age UK North Staffs.
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