Littlehampton volunteers desperately needed to help the elderly

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DESPERATION is driving a charity to appeal for new volunteers to help improve the lives of lonely elderly people in Littlehampton.

Contact the Elderly is urgently appealing for volunteers in the town to spare just a few hours each month to drive one or two older people to a local tea party.

The charity aims to relieve the acute loneliness of isolated older people, aged 75 and above, who live alone, by organising free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities – providing a regular and vital friendship link every month.

However. Contact the Elderly’s Surrey, West and East Sussex development officer, Julia Rivas, said: “The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, but this lifeline is currently under threat in Littlehampton, due to a real shortage of volunteer drivers in the area.

“Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car, and a capacity for drinking tea, is eligible. It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests, so I’m calling for anyone who is interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with me as soon as possible.”

For details call 01273 401569 or email julia.rivas@contact-the-elderly.org.uk