Opportunities for churches to support Age UK


 

“Who do you turn to when times get tough? Imagine if you had no one.” This is the question Age UK in Leicestershire and Rutland is asking. It comes with an initiative known as the ‘£10,000 challenge’ which has been pioneered by St Margaret’s Church, Leicester, whose Vicar Mark Battison, is on the Age UK fundraising team.

 

They are aiming to raise donations totalling £10,000 by Christmas 2019. The church believes that this is an opportunity for churches to engage with people in their local area, as Age UK and many churches will share a similar profile, meaning it brings an outreach opportunity, whilst also showing people that the church community cares about them.

 

Funding cuts mean that charities like Age UK are now self-funded using their own money and savings to carry out their services, with each county branch being responsible for its own fundraising. The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland branch has been the biggest supplier of these services and support to those over 50 in the last seven years of austerity, with 20% of the population being aged 85 or over. Particular growth areas are loneliness and dementia, which effects every area of a person’s life.

 

For churches which want to get involved with this project, it’s simple: Age UK will deliver a cardboard donation station, leaflets and bags, which the church fills with donations. This can range from clothing, books, DVDs, bric a brac and furniture. Then, on an arranged date, some of the Age UK team will collect the filled bags and will later inform the church on how much the donations generate, meaning churches can easily track the fundraising progress. All of the donations will be distributed locally, in one of their 28 shops, and will contribute to the valuable difference Age UK makes to so many in our county.

 

For more information or to get involved, email Mark.Battison@ageukleics.org.uk

 




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