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Alan Patchett, Director of Age Concern at the Diamond Jubilee Dinner where a new logo and rebrand was announced as Age UK Sunderland.
Alan Patchett, Director of Age Concern at the Diamond Jubilee Dinner where a new logo and rebrand was announced as Age UK Sunderland.
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More volunteers have signed up to help the city’s isolated elderly after being touched by the stories of those involved with an Echo-backed campaign.

More volunteers have signed up to help the city’s isolated elderly after being touched by the stories of those involved with an Echo-backed campaign.

In recent days, 10 more people have signed up to become Age UK Sunderland volunteers to help tackle the issue of loneliness in the city.

This comes as part of Age UK’s ‘No One Should Have No One’ campaign - which is being supported by The Echo- aimed at getting people involved with the Age UK befriending service, which puts volunteers in contact with lonely older people.

The new volunteer brings the total of new sign-ups to 22 in the first two weeks of the campaign. The new recruits will help in services such as befriending, provided background safety checks are approved.

Many more people have also signed the petition both online and the paper hard copy provided, which aims to see the Government and Sunderland City Council develop strategies to map, prevent and address loneliness.

The campaign comes as Age UK statistics have shown that more than a million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

Age UK Sunderland director Alan Patchett said he was pleased with the sign-ups and hoped more would be encouraged to offer their support. 
“This is a good start but we need the support of many more citizens of Sunderland to make a real difference for the lonely older people of the city,” he said.

“Please sign the petition online or contact our office on 0191 5141131 to get a copy for your friends and colleagues to sign.”