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Age UK Somerset
Age UK Somerset Coronavirus Appeal

Age UK Somerset Coronavirus Appeal

Why we need your help

URGENT.  Please help us raise £10,000 to support older people in Somerset during the Coronavirus crisis.

 Coronavirus Crisis Appeal

To keep vulnerable older people safe and well we need your support and donations.

We are receiving a huge number of phonecalls from older people worried about coronavirus and in distress about potentially running out of food and other necessary items.

We have 185,000 people over 65 in our area.  More than 60,000 live on their own.  We want to make sure we can help all that need us, and be able to reassure the families, especially those who live outside the county, that we are doing all we can to protect and support their loved ones.

Politicians keep saying we are "at war" with coronavirus.  If that is the case, then as the largest charity for older people in Somerset and North Somerset we are close to the frontline and need a "war chest".

What we are doing

  • Providing information and advice by telephone and email
  • Providing support and a friendly reassuring voice to callers.
  • Transforming our Befriending service to a telephone service and planning to expand
  • Aiming to train our Information & Advice Volunteers to help with Attendance Allowance applications by phone.
  • Working on ways to reduce social isolation and negate the physical and mental health impact this may have.
  • Working on ways to bring elements of our Ageing Well service into the home (virtually)
  • Putting together new services to meet altered demands
  • Collating county-wide offers from wonderful volunteers and businesses offering help.
  • Considering how we can maintain contact for those without internet access.
  • Processing new information and guidelines every day, learning on the spot, researching, influencing, solving problems, liasing, co-ordinating, communicating and working long hours.  

We are also working with local authorities and other organisations and community groups to work out, at very short notice, who can offer what and where in this time of great worry and need, and what services and support we can offer to ensure our resources can be put to their best use.

Why we need your help

As an independent local charity we are responsible for raising our own funds.  We regrettably but rightly have had to close our only paid-for services - our exercise classes and our toenail cutting service.  This loss of income at a time of unprecedented and until recently, unexpected, demand, means that to keep vulnerable older people safe and well we need your support and donations.


WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS.

Thank you for playing your part.

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How you can support us

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Supporters

Oct 17, 2021

Anonymous

16.99
(plus 4.25 giftaid)

Aug 16, 2021

Anonymous

In memory of Gordon Patterson

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Jun 28, 2021

Anonymous

Many thanks to Rachel Jelbert for the two very relaxing Tai Chi lessons I received on Zoom.

10.00

Jun 24, 2021

Julian Merrell

This donation is in recognition for the help your volunteer, Richard from Cheddar, gave to my family in order that my father received attendance allowance.

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

May 13, 2021

Avril H-W

Thanks, Jacque from Avril

18.81

May 11, 2021

Jane

Thank you tai chi

9.00
(plus 2.25 giftaid)

May 11, 2021

Carol

This donation is to cover an additional Tai Chi class taken on 4th May with Lorraine Sula. The classes are excellent. Thank you.

4.19
(plus 1.05 giftaid)

May 11, 2021

Anonymous

Thanks to age uk

27.00
(plus 6.75 giftaid)

Apr 26, 2021

Anonymous

50.00
(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Apr 19, 2021

Jane

Ty chi

9.00
(plus 2.25 giftaid)

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