Royal Voluntary Service selected to benefit from The Times Appeal 2016

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Times Appeal 2016We’re delighted to have been selected as one of the charities featuring in The Times Appeal 2016 which sees the organisation recognised for extending the hand of friendship to those who need it most.

Royal Voluntary Services has 35,000 volunteers who everyday help older people stay active and connected with their communities and the people around them.

  • More than half of Britons over the age of 75 live alone.
  • One in five speaks to a friend or relative less than once a week.
  • One in ten does so less than once a month.
  • Almost 280,000 older people will spend Christmas Day alone this year, consoled only by memories of merrier Christmases gone by.

Our volunteers offer support at home by way of Meals on Wheels and books on wheels all delivered by a friendly face. Our volunteers even pop round for a chat and a cup of tea to offer a little company and make sure that everything is OK. If getting out and about is difficult then they’re able to provide lifts to the doctors or appointments.

Our volunteers are even there to help older people back in to their homes after a stay in hospital when there is no one else.

Royal Voluntary Service is reliant on the support and generosity of supporters like you. We currently help more than 100,000 older people across the UK, but our ambition is to grow so that by 2023 we can support 2 million older people - that’s nearly 1 in 6 of everyone aged over 65.

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