Cheque boost for Contact the Elderly

Cheque Presentation: Pictured are (from left to right) Pauline (a volunteer), Michelle, Jean and Sonia with Mary, their oldest guest.

Cheque Presentation: Pictured are (from left to right) Pauline (a volunteer), Michelle, Jean and Sonia with Mary, their oldest guest.

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THE BRECHIN branch of Contact the Elderly received a lovely surprise during a recent visit to Brechin Castle Centre, where they had gone for Christmas lunch and a spot of shopping.

During their trip, Michelle Hutchison, a secretary, and Sonia Scott, a receptionist at Brechin Health Centre arrived with a cheque for £160 for the group.

Michelle had recently hosted a Bodyshop party and Sonia, who is a Bodyshop agent, gave her profits to the group. They presented the cheque to Jean Malcolm, who is the area organiser for the charity.

Sonia’s grandmother, the late Norma Lawrie, had been a well loved member of the group for several years and looked forward to her monthly outings and the social contact it provided.

Contact the Elderly, a national registered charity, is dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst elderly people. The charity combats this by arranging afternoon tea once a month. Volunteers drive the guests and other volunteers host a tea-party once a year.

The charity recently became a recipient of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.

The award is recognition by Her Majesty the Queen of the long term commitment of Contact the Elderly’s amazing volunteers across England, Scotland and Wales.

Further information on Contact the Elderly can be found online at www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk