OAP charity hits jackpot

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A BOROUGH charity which offers pensioners weekly advice surgeries, activity groups and counselling has landed a vital £20,000 grant.

Wigan and Leigh Pensioners’ Link supports about 2,300 older people who are often isolated and have poor access to services. It will use the funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation For England And Wales to pay the salary of centre manager Del Foulkes who is responsible for sustaining the provision of services.

Mr Foulkes said: “We welcome the funding which will help the centre run a range of activities and services to assist older people in the community live active, less isolated and more independent lives.”

Services offered include exercise sessions, art classes and friendship groups. The charity also provides counselling and practical assistance to people who are going through major change such as leaving hospital.

Yvonne Taylor, grant manager for Lancashire, Cumbria and Manchester at the foundation, said: “This much-needed funding for core costs will help Wigan and Leigh Pensioners Link to continue its essential work which contributes to the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged older people in the area.”