Thousands of Pounds Donated to Bridge Loneliness Gap

A Lincoln-based charity has a received a donation of £5,500 from The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee, which will go towards providing companionship for older people in Lincoln.Caption: Age UK Lincoln has a received a donation of £5,500 from The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee; the donation will be used to fund the charity’s free befriending service which provides companionship for older people in Lincoln.

A Lincoln-based charity has received a donation of £5,500 from The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee, which will go towards providing companionship for older people in Lincoln.

Age UK Lincoln provides dedicated support to improving and fulfilling the social lives of older people living in and around the city.

Every year The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee selects one charity to support and raise money for; last year the committee chose Age UK Lincoln.

The donation will be used to fund the charity’s free befriending service which offers someone to talk to over the phone or a home visit for people who are socially isolated.

Sam Hotson, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Age UK Lincoln, said:

“Demand for our volunteer services is increasing year on year as people are living longer. Recent studies show that around a million older people are termed ‘chronically lonely’, which can significantly increase their risk of suffering from mental and physical illnesses.

We are extremely grateful for the generous donation we’ve received from The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee because it will make a difference to a lot of people’s lives.

The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee, which has been running for almost 20 years, arranged a six-month bridge tournament and a lunch in April to raise the funds for the charity. Two hundred and twenty people took part in the tournament across the county, each paying a £20 entry fee to play for the year.

Nicola Denby, Chairman of The Winter Bridge Tournament Committee, said:

We encourage people to take part in our bridge tournament because it is a fun and sociable game which brings people of all ages together around the county.

As a committee we really appreciate the work that Age UK Lincoln does for our community, and we’re delighted to be able to support the charity in its fight against loneliness.

Sam added:

Last year our dedicated befriending volunteers provided around 2000 visits and spent over 280 days talking to people who would otherwise be socially isolated. The donation will cover the cost of around 1,100 befriending volunteer visits!

Age UK Lincoln also offers a range of services to help people live independently at home including information and advice, personal care and gardening services. For further information contact Age UK Lincoln on 01522 696000.

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