Age UK Northamptonshire appeal for donations to support their emergency food and medication delivery service.
Written by Martin Steers on March 31, 2020
Age UK Northamptonshire has adapted their services in light of the COVID-19 pandemic to support the most vulnerable across Northamptonshire but is still in need of support from the community to keep older people safe and well. An appeal for donations of essential supplies has been launched with the collection point located at the Venton Centre, York Road, Northampton, NN1 5QG.
The locally registered and funded charity is now operating an emergency food and medication delivery service running Monday to Friday with a view to extending the service to seven days a week. They are also providing some adapted face-to-face services taking into account the government’s guidance on social distancing. Many client-facing staff have been redeployed to provide remote support to existing clients and those who have received services within the last 6 months, as well as supporting new referrals.
Operating from their main day centre, the Venton Centre, in central Northampton, Age UK Northamptonshire are coordinating their efforts to ensure that clients receive hot meals, essential shopping and medication. The charity is welcoming donations from individuals and businesses of essential items such as:
- Tinned food
- Soup, pasta, rice
- Cleaning products and toilet roll
- Entertainment – Jigsaw puzzles, card games, crosswords, sudoku and books.
To arrange a safe drop off, email [email protected] or call 01604 604500. Outside of business hours please contact 07900 228 057.
The charity has also set up a Coronavirus emergency Just Giving page raising money to support their work in carrying out welfare checks, making adaptations in people’s homes, providing information and advice and telephone befriending. justgiving.com/campaign/coronavirusappealAgeUKNorthamptonshire
Chris Harris spoke to Age UK’s Laura Graham about the appeal, and how they’ve had to adapt in the recent weeks.
More information about Age UK Northamptonshire’s services can be found at www.ageuk.org.uk/northamptonshire or by calling 01604 611200.