Sheffield fundraiser aims to combat loneliness in the elderly this Christmas

The Better Together Project has organised a pub quiz fundraiser to combat loneliness among elderly people this Christmas.

The pub quiz, at Laycocks Sports Club on Archer Road, will take place on 15 November from 7.30pm until 11pm.The proceeds from the quiz will go towards the Better Together Christmas party for older people.

The party aims to provide a place of companionship for those who might not have people around them during the festive period.

Sarah Bridge, the organiser, said: “Many elderly are alone at Christmas because their families are no longer in the community or spouses have passed away.

“I am organising this event to try to alleviate the pain of loneliness.”

“Volunteers will give our elderly guests the gift of smiles, laughter and companionship. Donations give the volunteers the tools to provide this gift.

“I hope to host up to 125 elderly guests who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone.”

The project has been calling for volunteers to help at the party and with promoting the event, as well as for donations to ensure the event can go ahead.

Phil Vintin, who has helped to promote the event, said: “I thought I’d help out as it is a worthy cause and a helpful idea.

“I like to be helpful and want to get involved in different projects so helping Sarah seemed to fit the bill.

“We are probably set to hit the fundraising target of £2000 after this fundraiser and raffle.”

Tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased by making an £8 donation at: https://gogetfunding.com/the-better-together-christmas-party-2017/

Advance tickets are £8 and tickets on the door will be £10. The price includes a quiz sheet, pie and peas and a raffle ticket.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for the project should message the Better Together Facebook page or email sarah.bridge@hotmail.co.uk

Brogan Maguire

20 year old journalism student at University of Sheffield.

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