Do something charitable to help our older people

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A Calderdale philanthrophic provider is focusing its primary funding on tackling the social epidemic of loneliness within our ageing population.

Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) is investing £25,000 into its #MakeItStop appeal - aimed at addressing some of the key problems facing older people across the region.

The Foundation is directing its funding to local groups who provide services which help combat social isolation, fuel poverty and health and social issues to older people.

Almost 20 per cent of Halifax households home a pensioner living alone with one in three of these men and women saying they feel lonely.

Chief executive officer for CFFC Steve Duncan said: “It is terrible to think that in an age when so many people are hyper connected with online social networks that older people are suffering very real health implications because they are socially isolated.”

“We are asking people in Calderdale to think about the 17.2 per cent of pensioner living alone, and to donate to our #MakeItStop appeal. Every penny raised in Calderdale by CFFC stays in Calderdale. Let’s unite together and put a stop to older people in Calderdale suffering. We are pledging £25,000 but with your help we could do so much more.”

The CFFC has partnered with Localgiving.com to secure match funding for each donation of £10 given.

This means that with gift aid a donation of £10 is worth £22.50 to the charity.

To support the group in working to tackle loneliness within older people’s lives with a matched donation at no extra cost visit www.localgiving.com/CFFC .