Older people’s charity needs your support more than ever

Age UK has issued an urgent appeal to Chronicle readers to help it support older people in the community during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The charity said it had been impressed by the mobilisation of groups across the area who were ready to support older people and that it was in the process of preparing a comprehensive list of these groups in the local area.
Chief executive Damon Taylor appealed for the groups to notify Age UK’s head office in Macclesfield by calling 01625 612 958, once they were ready to act, so that Age UK could target help at the older people who needed it the most.
As well as seeking local groups to work alongside it, Age UK Cheshire East said it was also asking concerned older people, their friends and relatives to let them know about their concerns so that additional support for them could be put in place. 
This could involve a weekly call by telephone to check up on their welfare, delivery of urgent supplies, or assistance with any other practical query the older person may have.
The charity’s information and advice service can offer quick and practical guidance and support to older people.
As a local charity, Age UK Cheshire East receives no external funding and relies solely on income from its shops and other services to enable it to support older people.
Mr Taylor said: “Unfortunately, we have had to take the very difficult decision to close some of our services for older people as a result of this outbreak. Now more than ever, we need any support that people can give us to enable us to carry on our vital work; that could involve volunteering in one of our shops, making phone calls to those self-isolating, or making a financial donation to support our work.
“Our older people need us now more than ever, and without wider community support, we will no longer be able to function. We are thrilled to have the support of the Chronicle and BoJangles at this critical time and would urge local companies who can offer supplies or practical help and solutions to give us a call.”
The charity said its plans to support older people were constantly being updated and will be posted online.
● The Chronicle is working with Age UK Cheshire East on using our office at 11, High Street, Congleton, as a location where donated items for older people during the coronavirus outbreak can be dropped off for onward distribution by Age UK.
As reported on our back page, Bojangles restaurant bar on Bridge Street, Congleton, is also working with the charity on providing meals to be delivered to the homes of older people.