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Winter all wrapped up for Contact the Elderly guests


A warm-hearted firm of surveyors has ensured guests of Contact the Elderly are all wrapped up and ready for winter thanks to a seasonal donation.

Allied Surveyors Scotland came up with the idea of providing cosy scarves for the charity’s guests and now 150 lambswool mufflers are being distributed across Fife, Dundee and Angus.

The scarves were handed over at the firm’s Dundee office and are going to members of 16 groups of Contact the Elderly, the charity that aims to ease loneliness among the older generation through friendly, free Sunday afternoon tea parties.

Lorna Dunbar, a support officer for the charity said:

                          “This is a really thoughtful and totally unique donation. We’ve already begun distributing

                           the scarves and the guests are thrilled with them.

                           “It just shows how much it means to be included in something like this and to be in

                           someone else’s thoughts. Our guests live alone and often have difficulty getting out and

                           about which can lead to social isolation and, in some cases, crippling loneliness.

                           “This sort of gesture of kindness makes an enormous difference to a lonely, older person

                           and is greatly appreciated.”

Gary Black, Director of Allied Surveyors Scotland said:

                           “We’re always keen to donate to charitable causes but to think a bit outside the box

                            rather than give cash. We’ve been impressed with Contact the Elderly’s approach to

                            tackling loneliness and the fact that they work in Scotland – where it can get really cold

                            in the winter months.

                            “We just thought the scarves were a great idea and I believe the feedback has been

                            really positive. We were just delighted to contribute.”

To find out more about becoming a guest or volunteer of Contact the Elderly in Scotland, please contact Lorna Dunbar or tel 01738 730249.

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