How Can We Help the Elderly this Christmas?

Christmas is a time for families and friends to join and celebrate, yet for over 450,000 elderly citizens, Christmas is just another cold day spent alone. This can change if we are able to send donations of gifts or money. Any contribution – small or big – can make the day of an elderly citizen.

Charities such as Age UK focus on keeping the elderly warm by providing emergency food packages and making homes more energy efficient during the festive period. This year, Age UK are encouraging awareness through the ITV’s ‘Text Santa’ campaign as well as selling miniature knitted hats on selected Innocent Smoothie bottles, of which sale proceeds go towards the charity.

Friends of the Elderly (FOTE) is another charity which are encourage people to undertake an ‘act of kindness’ this Christmas by donating and helping out at events aimed at the elderly. FOTE work in residential homes, day clubs and ensures older people are treated with respect throughout the year.

Anyone can help these charities by visiting the websites provided, or volunteer in your area by assisting with visits, sponsors, or donations.

If you would like to find out more information on Age UK or Friends of the Elderly, or would like to know how you can help, please visit:

http://www.itv.com/textsanta

http://www.ageuk.org.uk

http://www.fote.org.uk

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