Staff and visitors at Brechin Castle Centre in Angus have dug deep to help to ease loneliness among older people.
The centre chose Contact the Elderly as its charity of the year and has been fundraising to support the organisation’s work to bring companionship to socially-isolated members of the older generation.
Now more than £2,400 has been handed over as a result of various activities including a huge raffle with prizes donated by Brechin Castle Centre (BCC) and some of their suppliers. BCC also raised awareness of the charity which was highlighted on menu cards and large screens in its cafe.
There are more than 130 Contact the Elderly groups across Scotland addressing the pain of loneliness each month by organising free Sunday afternoon tea parties, with transport provided, for older people in need of company.
Parties are usually held in a local volunteer host’s home but a number of outings have been hosted at the centre which is a favourite among guests who not only enjoy a special afternoon tea but also get the chance to shop, something not always possible if they have difficulty getting out and about.
Contact the Elderly’s Support Office for the area, Caroline Peter, said:
“Brechin Castle Centre is a real hit with our guests so we were thrilled to be nominated as
their charity of the year. This sort of support is vitally important to us both in
financial terms and in raising the profile of the work we do not just in Angus but across
Scotland where loneliness can be a real blight on an older person’s latter years.
“The centre’s staff are always exceptionally kind to our guests and we’d like to thank them
and all the visitors who have contributed for all their efforts on our behalf. It is all
enormously appreciated and helps to provide a real lifeline of friendship for our guests.”
Brechin Castle Centre managing director Yvonne Ritchie said:
“It’s always gratifying to be able to support local charities and the outstanding collaboration
between Brechin Castle Centre and Contact the Elderly as our 2018 charity of the year was
particularly successful. It was a pleasure working with area organisor Jean Malcolm who
was an excellent facilitator for Contact the Elderly.”
To find out more about becoming a volunteer or guest of Contact the Elderly in Scotland, please email Caroline Peter.