On day 7 of our 30 Day Road Trip we raised £772.42 on our St Oswald's Hospice shop takeover in West Denton - the most ever raised on a shop take over at this store!  We had a great time with Whorlton Grange dressing the store and the shop window and selling all that we could for this amazing cause.

On day 8 we had a lovely night at the Age UK Northumberland’s Tartan Ball for another fantastic cause!  It was a black tie ball at Newton Hall to raise funds to reduce loneliness of older people in the country and raise funds to develop a Friendship Line and befriending service.

Andrew Marsh, Chairman of Age UK Northumberland said “Our vision is to ensure that older people enjoy later life in Northumberland and recent research suggests that there are over 5000 lonely older people in the county who don’t have any social interaction and that is increasing. Through the loneliness campaign we want to significantly reduce this figure and provide befriending services to those that need them the most.”

“Northumberland is a large county and the development of a Friendship Line will mean that we can begin to reach older people in the more isolated areas and decrease not just loneliness, but also all of the other health problems that are associated with it.” 

On day 9 we were delighted to be joined at Heatherdale with representatives from Age UK Northumberland at our event ‘there is always time for tea’.  We had a great chat with the representatives, who supplied us with information and free impartial advice.  We also enjoyed tea, coffee and cupcakes too.  Thank you so much for visiting us!

Helen Lawson