A COMMUNITY group has launched a support service to help hospitalised elderly residents.
Lakeside Residents’ Association set up the Residents’ Hospital Visitor Scheme for isolated pensioners struggling to cope after being taken ill.
The group, which also handed over funds to the RNLI at its inaugural AGM, said the free service had been a huge success.
“We already have several residents who have joined the scheme, which is open to all elderly and unsupported residents,” said association secretary Margaret Cassap.
“In the unfortunate event that any of these residents are admitted to hospital, they will be visited by a member of the association known to them.
“They will also be given a gift bag containing essential toiletries, a card and drink.
“The association member will continue, as a friend, to keep in touch with them until they are recovered.”
The group has also been praised by Sunderland Mayor Iain Kay and Mayoress Barbara McClennan, who visited the AGM at the Lakeside and Gilley Law Community Centre.
“They were particularly impressed with the Lakeside Residents’ Hospital Visitor Scheme, especially since this year the mayor’s charity is in support of St Benedict’s Hospice and the Carers’ Centre,” said Ms Cassap.
A cheque for £130, donated by the winners of the Lakeside Residents’ Weekly Draw, was presented to RNLI senior helmsman Paul Nicholson.
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