Charity continues to grow

A charity that supports elderly people has announced the continued growth of its valuable services to older people in the county, bucking a national trend.

Age UK Northumberland chief executive Katherine Shearer reported that the planned growth in delivery of much-needed support services to core areas across Northumberland is giving the organisation strong foundations on which to continue to expand.

At the AGM, Katherine outlined just some of the achievements of the past 12 months, and Age UK Northumberland has, among other things, provided 320,000 hours of home support to allow many more elderly people to live independent lives; taken 2,926 calls to its telephone advice line, up ten percent on figures for 2011/12; and assisted the elderly in in claiming a further £999,371 in due benefits.

Katherine said: “When looking at the headline figures like this, it gives me a tremendous sense of pride to know we make a real difference to so many older people in Northumberland.

“Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly.

“I am honoured to be in a position where I can show them exactly what that time and effort means.”