Hundreds raised to stop loneliness at Christmas
December 27, 2012
The fundraiser on Wednesday, December 12, was organised by Optalis’ Community Involvement Group, and involved 10 teams battling it out for top spot, with The Mighty Oaks claiming victory at the end of the night.
Optalis chose to raise money for The Link Visiting Scheme because loneliness can be a problem over the Christmas and New Year period when many older people may feel particularly isolated.
They may feel lonely for many reasons, such as distance from other family members, a long-term illness, or even long-term isolation within their community.
The charity helps by offering a compatible volunteer, based on interests and personality, who visits the older person and maybe even takes them out for a coffee and a chat.
Optalis offers a range of support services ‘in the home’, as well as residential care, and so the company felt it was a charity with a strong connection to what Optalis tries to achieve, positive outcomes for older people and people with a disability.
Marjie Walker, The Link Visiting Scheme coordinator, said: “Feeling lonely and isolated is a growing problem in our community.
“Loneliness can have a huge impact on your physical health and your mental health.
“We really appreciate all the support we receive to enable us to help more older people struggling with loneliness; making friends and engaging in your community transforms lives.
“Thank you to everyone at Optalis for your generous support. We’re also keen for more people to volunteer for this worthwhile cause.”
Andrew Pickup, Optalis managing director, said: “Optalis is delighted to support The Link Visiting Scheme. The issue of social isolation amongst older people needs to be addressed.
“We are trying to do our part, and we rely heavily on organisations such as this one. I hope this contribution from the team at Optalis makes a real difference to Wokingham borough residents.”
To volunteer for The Link Visiting Scheme contact (0118) 979 8019.