Age UK Wakefield and Co-op work to bring Christmas cheer to elderly

December 09, 2015

Age UK Wakefield District has teamed-up with The Co-op in Ackworth to deliver festive cheer to lonely older residents in the community over the festive period.

The charity, which has charity shops in Wakefield, Castleford and Horbury, works to provide services supporting the well-being of older people and is appealing for shoppers and the community to donate a Christmas treat or food item at the Co-op's Barnsley Road, Ackworth, food store.

Grocery items donated, such as tinned soup, tea, coffee, chocolate, porridge, Christmas puddings and mince pies, will be collected from the store by the charity, made up into packages, and distributed to older people in need in the community by volunteers from the area.

Lisa Spivey, Services Director for Age UK Wakefield District, said: “For most people Christmas includes spending time with loved ones and enjoying festive food however, when this is not possible, Christmas can be a difficult or lonely time of the year. A simple gesture such as picking up an extra item of shopping really can combine to have a huge impact.”

David Parkinson, Community Champion at The Co-operative's Ackworth food store, said:

“It is heart-warming that so many people do remember to think of others, in particular at this time of year. The Co-op is a community retailer and we are pleased to support Age UK Wakefield District with their appeal which will make a real difference to the lives of lonely, older, people in need in our community.”

 

Notes to Editors

For more information about the work of Age UK Wakefield visit www. ageukwd.org.uk

 

Further Information

Andrew Torr

The Co-op Press Office

Tel: 07702 505 551

Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop