Dorset and Hampshire Give Big to support older persons’ clubs

We've raised a record £22,000 in 72 hours, thanks to the generosity of supporters across Dorset and Hampshire.

The charity runs social and friendship clubs for older people. With over one million older people in the UK reporting that they are chronically lonely, Brendoncare’s clubs provide a vital service to those who otherwise may not have a conversation with another person during an average week or a reason to get out and about. Loneliness can have a real impact not only on our mental health, but also our physical wellbeing and through Brendoncare’s clubs, local older people have a range of opportunities to meet new friends, try different activities and enjoy companionship on a regular basis. One member recently said “I’ve got nowhere else to go.”

The charity took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. This is the UK’s biggest online match funding campaign, which helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. Each pound raised through online donations between 29 November and 2 December has been matched by funds pledged by a range of organisations and individuals, including the Postcode Support Trust, which has given £5,000. In total, Brendoncare Clubs raised a massive £22,000, which will go to support the running costs of its clubs.

Emma Digance, Head of Fundraising and Communications, said “We are overwhelmed at the kindness of so many people who have given to support our clubs during the Big Give Christmas Challenge. The final figure of over £22,000 represents a record amount for us to raise within such a short period of time and will mean that we can continue to support clubs, during a year which has been particularly challenging in terms of funding for this vital service.”

Although the Big Give challenge has been completed, there still remains a need for funding for the clubs, which cost around £500,000 to run each year. The charity would like to ask any individual or organisation interested in providing financial support or in sponsoring their local club to get in touch by emailing fundraising@brendoncare.org.uk or phoning 01962 852133. More information about Brendoncare Clubs can be found here or by telephoning 01962 852133.

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