Loneliness Awareness Week 2020 & Age UK
Loneliness is an issue that’s been brought more to the forefront of discussions in recent years. But perhaps even more so at this current moment thanks to the isolating nature of the coronavirus pandemic. This Loneliness Awareness Week, it’s important to highlight the struggle thousands of people go through on a daily basis.
With countless high-risk and elderly people told to “stay indoors” for the foreseeable future (until recent government guidelines were relaxed slightly) many have been struggling to stay positive, having little to no human contact during this time whatsoever.
At The Running Bee Foundation, we’re well aware that regular social interaction with other people is essential in keeping your mind happy, healthy, and active. Which is just one of the reasons we thought it was appropriate to show our appreciation to Age UK.
If you’re unaware, Age UK is a charity in the United Kingdom who specialise in offering help and support to those in the later stages of life. It just so happens these are the people who have been dealt the greatest blow by the recent isolation measures.
Knowing donations can make all the difference in the world to people’s lives and wellbeing, The Running Bee Foundation made the decision to donate £5000 to Age UK. This was to be split across several constituencies in the hopes of providing appropriate care to older people in the region and perhaps alleviating some of the loneliness they might be experiencing.
As it turns out, our donation helped to do just that, as Alison Read (Engagement Director at AGE UK) pointed out for us:
“The £1000 donation from The Running Bee will be used to help us continue delivering our Good Day Calls Service. This is a daily call for isolated older people across Lancashire to support their wellbeing, check on their health and identify and resolve issues early on before they escalate. It is a vital donation to help us continue this work and we are so appreciative of their help.”
As well as helping alleviate loneliness, our donations have helped deliver essential food packages to those in need of regular assistance, among a whole host of other services.
We’re proud to have done our part in helping combat loneliness amongst older people in our communities. So, this Loneliness Awareness Week, what will you be doing to help someone who may be experiencing loneliness? Keep these people in your mind and remember that, when it comes to our wellbeing, a little kindness can go a long way.
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