Volunteer to help needy

Kathy Cooper, of Age UK, Pennyhurst Mill, Haig Street, next to Wigan Pier

Kathy Cooper, of Age UK, Pennyhurst Mill, Haig Street, next to Wigan Pier

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A WIGAN charity is appealing for your help as the winter months draw in.

Age UK Wigan is urging local people to help collect and deliver emergency supplies and medication to older people during the icy conditions throughout winter.

The freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall last year saw many pensioners become isolated and unable to safely get out of their homes.

Age UK is hoping Wiganers will donate a couple of hours once or twice a week, checking in on elderly folk.

Kathy Cooper Senior Starting Point Officer at Age UK, said: “We know that lots of people in the community are keen to make a difference to the lives of older people and this is one way of doing that.

“An extra bit of support can make all the difference and can, literally, keep older people well and safe. A friendly face can work wonders.”

Volunteers need to be over 18 and would be required to undergo a free CRB check. Owning transport would be advantageous but the charity would welcome any volunteers who would like to help people local to them,

Kathy added: “Volunteers could live within walking distance to the shop, so transport is optional. Visiting could also be flexible.”

If you would like to become an Age UK volunteer, contact Kathy on 826079.