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Charity asks community to help local cause

Pictured L-r: Diana Roberts, Chair of Trustees Age UK Oxfordshire, Roger Bell, Age UK Oxfordshire volunteer, Bee Myson, head of development for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire,

Pictured L-r: Diana Roberts, Chair of Trustees Age UK Oxfordshire, Roger Bell, Age UK Oxfordshire volunteer, Bee Myson, head of development for Cherwell and West Oxfordshire,

Staff and volunteers at Age UK Oxfordshire in Banbury are hoping community members will help them organise events to raise vital funds for the area’s elderly.

The charity is keen to attract more volunteers from the Banburyshire community to help raise funds for its Today! campaign which aims to collect £250,000 over five years for the services provided by Age UK in the local area.

The charity – which has its Banbury base in White Lion Walk – is hoping clubs, companies, sports teams and individuals will be able to organise events such as coffee mornings, talks, open gardens events or afternoon tea which will benefit elderly residents.

Volunteer Sue Baxter said: “We all know someone who’s elderly so if there are people out there looking for a charity to support what could be better than supporting elderly people in Banbury?” She said the charity is able to provide equipment and encouragement along the way.

Age UK Oxfordshire only receives about one per cent of its funding from national charity Age UK and has to raise the rest itself. Roger Bell, project co-ordinator for the Today! campaign, said: “This is definitely a local charity which needs local support.

“We’d love to hear from people with a bit of time and energy who feel they’d like to contribute to a local good cause.” He said cash raised would help fund projects such as Phonefriends, which helps combat loneliness among the area’s elderly.

“Volunteering is a two-way thing – not only does it help those who need it most but it also gives the volunteer a great sense of purpose,” he said.

To get involved, contact Mr Bell on banburyreception@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk or on 01295 278040.

 

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