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Coronavirus Emergency Appeal: how we're helping older people through the crisis

Food parcels ready to be distributed to older people

How your donations are helping us be there for older people

Our older generation have never needed us more. Here's how you're helping Age UK be there during this national crisis.

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We’ve seen an unprecedented increase in the number of vulnerable older people needing our help. This is how we’re responding: 

Our advice line has answered over 60,000 calls from older people seeking advice and reassurance during the pandemic

We've made more than 147,000 friendship calls to lonely and isolated older people

130 local age UKs delivering vital services such as food parcels and home from hospital support

Thanks to you, we're helping people through this crisis - one day at a time

David's getting the essentials he and his wife need

David and his wife have been struggling to get shopping delivered to them. Fortunately, their local Age UK was able to help. “I’m not sure that people realise how difficult it is for some of us to get normal supermarket deliveries. Age UK’s delivery is important to us. They’ve been absolutely wonderful.”

Joyce found comfort when she felt most alone

Joyce is a full time carer for her husband, David, after he had a severe stroke. Since the coronavirus outbreak, David has been unable to visit his day care sessions, which means that Joyce isn’t getting a break. Lonely and worried, Joyce has been thankful that we are there for her to talk to.

Audrey's getting a much-needed boost

Audrey has been really grateful for the support she's received from her local Age UK, which has included health and wellbeing parcels. “It’s been hard not seeing my friends, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but Age UK have helped make me feel better. The parcels were absolutely lovely, thank you so much.”

We’ve raised £8m of our £10m target to keep our vital services running during the pandemic

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Take a look at the amazing work you're making possible 

Incredible fundraisers are showing their support for older people - come get involved!

Vanessa's hula hoop marathon

Vanessa highlights another way to raise money while keeping fit. She intends to complete 5000 hoops by 3 June, and is on the way to raising £10,000!

Ellie in her Brownie uniform

Ellie is getting quizzical

8-year-old Ellie hosted a virtual quiz with family and friends. She said: "I wanted to support you as even more than ever our elderly need your help."

Drewe to do 3 marathons

Busy 73-year-old Drewe will be finding the time to run/walk a total of 78.6 miles over 30 days.

Get home fundraising ideas

There are so many ways to raise money for Age UK from home! Here are a few of our favourites.

Messages of support for Age UK volunteers and frontline workers

This will pass. In the meantime we all care about you and hopefully we will all do what we can to make things better. You looked after us when we were young, now it’s our turn to look after you.

 

Michelle

I gave to Age UK because I care about the quality of life of the elderly population. I want every elderly person to know they are loved and valued.

Miriam

My mother use to attend one of Age UK's centres twice a week and even now during Covid-19 she is still receiving their support.

Avalon

We gave to Age UK to support the valuable work you do and because many of us have elderly relatives who may need such support.

 

David

So thankful that I am able to help a little. Carry on the good work. 

Theresa

I gave to Age UK because of the great work they do helping the elderly. I’ve run the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash many times and I hope this will be back in 2021.

Alan

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We desperately need more support to keep being there for older people in need.

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