Donate to help defeat loneliness

We're delighted to be taking part in the national Big Give at the end of November. The Big Give Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. Since 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £71 million for more than 2,500 charity projects.

Brendoncare is attempting to raise £10,000 within a 72 hour period. Each pound donated will be matched by funds already pledged to the charity, so a donation of £10 will mean that Brendoncare receives £20. Therefore, all donations, whatever the size, will make a real impact. The funds raised will be used to support Brendoncare’s clubs for older people.

Over 1 million older people say they always or often feel lonely. Not only does this impact on their mental wellbeing, it can also affect physical health.

Brendoncare provides opportunities for older people to develop new friendships, enjoy a range of activities and a reason to get out and about. The charity’s Head of Club Services, Edwin Ingleton, explains why the clubs are so important for members. “In a growing number of cases, older people may not have friends or family around them and a social club is a great way to break the cycle of loneliness that can be so debilitating to their wellbeing.” Club member, Mary says “I would be completely lost without the club. Socially, as I live on my own, it gets me out at least once a week.”

The Big Give Christmas Challenge runs from midday on Tuesday 29 November until midday on Friday 2 December and all donations need to be made online via the Big Give website.

The charity is also running several open days at its offices in Winchester, Gosport and Poole and everyone is invited to come along, find out more about Brendoncare’s clubs, take part in a range of activities, and enjoy some cake and refreshments. More information can be found by clicking here.

Alternatively, anyone wishing to donate during the campaign period should visit http://www.thebiggive.org.uk between midday on 29 November and midday on 2 December and search for Brendoncare.

For more information about Brendoncare’s clubs or the Big Give Christmas Challenge, please click here or call the fundraising team on 01962 852133.

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