Elderly charities receive £395k in grants

Posted on 08 August 2011

Four charities in Richmond and Kingston that support elderly and isolated people have been awarded £395,500 in grants.

Age Concern Richmond-upon-Thames, South West London Stroke Club, Crossroads Care Richmond and Kingston-upon-Thames and Kingston Voluntary Action were given the funding from the City of London's City Bridge Trust.

The charities, which help elderly people live more independent lives, plan to use the money to improve their long term care plans and pay for salaries.

The largest will also be spent on supporting local community organisations, providing more home-based respite to dementia sufferers and delivering a range of preventative healthcare services.

Billy Dove, chairman of the City of London's City Bridge Trust Committee, said: "The trust wants to contribute to a London where the over-75s can still enjoy active, independent and healthy lives and crucially, have a choice about how they live."

It is estimated that of Richmond's 220,802 elderly residents, around 44 per cent live on their own.

Posted by Nigel Murphy



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