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Contact the Elderly Receives Major Boost from London Grant Maker

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To mark 20 years of grant giving in the Capital, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded an exceptional £20,000 grant to Contact the Elderly. 

This rare unrestricted funding injection will be a major boost to the organisation and enable the charity to continue its work combating loneliness amongst isolated older people aged 75 and over.

Contact the Elderly’s grant is one of 20 which City Bridge Trust has awarded to London charities to mark 20 years of investing in Londoners and addressing disadvantage in the Capital. 

Over the past two decades, City Bridge Trust has donated £1/3 billion to over 4,000 organisations working with the most disadvantaged people across every London borough. This has enabled many initiatives to grow and become an integral part of life in the Capital 

Commenting on the 20 special grants, City Bridge Trust’s Chairman, Jeremy Mayhew said: 
“In our 20th year of grant making, we are delighted to be able to provide further support to Contact the Elderly. Everyday, London’s communities and voluntary sector face challenges: our city, whilst rich and vibrant, is also home to extremes of poverty and deprivation. We are committed to supporting organisations such as Contact the Elderly, helping to make London a fairer place in which to live and work.”

Mary Rance, CEO, Contact the Elderly, said: “Through its regular monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties Contact the Elderly has been alleviating loneliness amongst older people aged 75 and over, for more than 50 years. 

“We are hugely grateful to City Bridge Trust for its generous support, which will enable us to extend our reach to older people across London who would otherwise be completely cut off from society.

“The charity currently supports almost 1,000 older people in London, but our ageing population means that the demand for services like ours have never be greater. As an organisation one of the hardest challenges we face is finding those who live in total isolation and are most in need of our help."

If you know anyone aged 75 or over, who lives alone and who would benefit from joining a Contact the Elderly group, you can refer them via our website here.

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