Sir Tony pledges to help elderly

Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry
Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry

Banbury-based older people’s charity the Royal Voluntary Service, formerly WRVS, is holding a public event for budding volunteers to find out more about opportunities to help senior residents in Oxfordshire, with the help of Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry. The open event takes place tomorrow (Friday) from 10am-noon at the Cornhill Centre on Castle Street.

Sir Tony Baldry, whose mother used to volunteer for Meals on Wheels in Buckinghamshire, will be at the event to officially sign up as a volunteer for Royal Voluntary Service. He said: “Improving the lives of older people in Oxfordshire is incredibly important and that is why the help the Royal Voluntary Service is able to provide is invaluable.

“Those who volunteer have different skills and different amounts of time to give. Often, they spend an hour a week having a cup of tea and a chat with an older person.

“Even though it is just a small amount of time, it is usually hugely beneficial to older people as it helps combat the problem of loneliness and also provides an opportunity for any other needs that older person might have to be recognised.

“I would certainly encourage anyone with a spare hour or two a week to come along and find out more about volunteering to help our older people in Oxfordshire.”

Sir Tony Baldry’s main role as an official volunteer will be helping RVS recruit more volunteers for their services.

RVS Oxfordshire is particularly in need of volunteer drivers and Good Neighbours volunteers who offer practical help to older people.

To book a free place at the event please call 01295 262 214 or e-mail