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Schools get involved in Age UK volunteer appeal
Friday 23rd December 2016 @ 13:03 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Community News

As part of a new Age UK Christmas campaign, the charity’s Ashton shop is appealing for more volunteers to befriend the elderly.

The No One Should Have No One at Christmas campaign has been launched across the country and as well as helping the charity generate much needed funds to support older people, Age UK hopes it can reach out to older people seeking new challenges and companionship through volunteering.

In the spirit of the campaign, two Ashton schools have entered into the project in a bid to give comfort to lonely old folk.

Year 1 pupils from Inspire Academy put a smile on the faces of some of the older members of the community after they visited nearby Hurst Hall Care Centre.

The youngsters sang and delivered special letters to the elderly care home residents.

As part of their learning, the pupils penned a ‘letter to an unknown friend’ which helped them realise that not everyone would be surrounded by family over the festive period.

Assistant Principal Louise Byrne said: “We thought it was a really good opportunity to join young and old people together and that’s something we really want to do here at Inspire Academy.”

Mrs Byrne admitted that it proved a very moving occasion for all involved, especially one pupil who told his mum that he was so thrilled that he’d been able to ‘make someone happy.’

Meanwhile, Year 3 pupils from Our Lady of Mount Carmel were in fine voice when they attended the Age UK
Independent Living Centre in Ashton.

The centre is where Age UK provide day support for elderly people in Tameside and the youngsters entertained them with a number of Christmas favourites. The school’s visit was also part of the Age UK’s Christmas campaign.

Miss Kirkup, the religious education leader at the school, said: “Coming here at Christmas is a lovely opportunity, because it’s that special time when you don’t just think about yourself.”

For more information about volunteering with the Age UK shop in Ashton call Tracy on 0161 343 2649. To find your nearest shop visit


By Matt Hewitt


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Caring: Our Lady of Mount Carmel pupils at the Age UK centre talking with one of the residents