Brendoncare Clubs in top 30 for charity award

Brendoncare Clubs is delighted to be among the top 30 charities to have been shortlisted from over 700 entries for the Guardian Charity Awards.

The Guardian Charity Awards provide smaller social welfare charities with a unique platform to showcase their work, as well as giving the winners a package of support and a cash prize.

Over 1 million older people in the UK say they are always or often lonely. Loneliness can affect our mental and physical health. One study found that loneliness can be more harmful to health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It also increases the risk of cognitive decline. Brendoncare Clubs runs more than 85 social and friendship clubs across Hampshire and Dorset during the week and at weekends, which help to tackle this critical problem of loneliness and social isolation in today’s society.

Edwin Ingleton, Head of Club Services for Brendoncare, said “We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted for the Guardian Charity Awards. We have a dedicated team of volunteers who run our clubs, supported by our staff, and it is tremendous to have the work which they do recognised in this way. The need for social clubs for older people continues to grow; day care services are closing and families are increasingly spread out. This means that older people may not always have family or friends close by and Brendoncare’s clubs offer social opportunities to counter the risk of loneliness.”

Final judging for the awards will be taking place shortly, with the five ultimate winners being announced at an event in central London on 13 December.

More information about Brendoncare Clubs can be found here or by telephoning 01962 852133.

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