Lewes bank’s donation will open doors for isolated older people

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The Lewes branch of Santander has presented older people’s charity Contact the Elderly with a cheque for £2,500 to support the provision of free monthly tea parties for isolated people aged 75 and older in the UK.

The donation will enable Contact the Elderly, established in 1965, to set up a new group in the Lewes area. The charity works with a network of volunteers who pick up the same older guest each month and join them at a volunteer host’s home for an afternoon of tea, conversation and cake.

Mary Rance, Contact the Elderly CEO, said: “Contact the Elderly has been tackling loneliness in older people for almost 50 years and our simple model of providing human contact one Sunday afternoon each month, has been incredibly successful.

“This donation from Santander in Lewes will make a big difference and will enable a new group to launch, helping more people in the area. We are always looking to expand our work and help more of the one million isolated older people in the UK.”

As the new group launches, Contact the Elderly is keen to recruit new volunteer drivers and hosts. Please contact local regional development officer Julia Rivas – Julia.rivas@contact-the-elderly.org.uk