On 10 November, Age UK Northumberland are hosting a black-tie ball at Newton Hall, to raise funds to reduce loneliness of older people in the country.

Andrew Marsh, Chairman of Age UK Northumberland, has planned the ‘Chairman’s Tartan Ball’ to support the charity’s new loneliness campaign which aims to raise over £30,000 to develop a Friendship Line and befriending services in the county.

Andrew 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.”                                                    

Get your tickets today for Age UK Northumberland Tartan themed Ball.  Tickets are £90 per person which includes canapes, welcome drink, three-course meal and live music from North East band, Live Wire.  Call 01670 784 800 for your tickets!

Helen Lawson