Friday, 28 May 2010

Walk the Walk

Age Concern Exeter is holding its eighth annual sponsored walk on Sunday, 6th June and the charity is keen for as many people as possible to get involved. 

The walk starts at Miller’s Crossing by the Mill on the Exe at 11.30am and has three distances – 2 miles, 6 miles or 12 miles to suit all levels of walker. The route takes in the Quay, Double Locks and then on to Turf Locks and runs alongside the beautiful Exeter Canal. All funds raised will go towards Age Concern Exeter’s work in the city providing a range of services that combat the loneliness and isolation faced by so many local older people. 

Martyn Rogers, Age Concern Exeter’s director said “The sponsored walk is a brilliant day out in beautiful countryside and because it follows the canal there are no hills! It has a couple of pubs along the way for refreshment and people can choose the distance they feel comfortable with. Last year we raised just over £3,000 and we’d love to beat that sum this year. The walk is the perfect way to get some fresh air and enjoy good company while at the same time helping to improve the quality of life of isolated older people in the city. Every £5 or £10 raised in sponsorship will make a real difference to our ability to improve the lives of so many older people in Exeter.”  

To find out more about the walk and to obtain joining details and a sponsor form contact Age Concern Exeter on 01392 202092. Alternatively, you can support the event by sending a donation to Age Concern Exeter, 138 Cowick Street, EX4 1HS.

For further information please contact:
Jane Moffatt or Martyn Rogers at Age Concern Exeter on 01392 202092

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Devon County Show

Loving Life with Age Concern Exeter.

Ball gowns and wellies are the dress of the day for the girls on the Age Concern Exeter stand at the Devon County Show! ‘We really wanted to do something different,’ commented Corinne Bailey, the marketing manager of Age Concern Exeter. ‘This is our first show and we are very excited about having the opportunity to tell everyone about the fantastic services we offer to people over 50s in the Exeter area.’
On their stand will be the information and advice team who can give details of all the many services that are available to the older community in the Exeter area including issues regarding overdue bills, long term care and benefit claims.

‘Last year we helped older people in Exeter claim over £500,000 in benefits’ said Martyn Rogers, Director of Age Concern Exeter, ‘in this current economic climate with heating bills and heavy fuel costs every penny counts towards maximising your income as much as possible.

‘Isolation, even in a city like ours, can also be a problem. Older people who are housebound and do not have immediate family at hand can go for days without seeing anyone, so our Voluntary Visiting and Enabling Services can relieve the situation, and those who rarely venture out of their homes can very soon have a full social life!’
Also available on the stand will be details of the exciting fund raising activities planned for 2010 by Age Concern Exeter’s promotions team, ‘anyone who wishes to take part even in a small way is very welcome and they will have the knowledge that the funds raised will go towards enabling us to continue delivering the services that are vital to the health and well being of older people in Exeter’ said Corinne.

You can find Age Concern Exeter’s stand at 195, Avenue B, where a human fruit machine will be entertaining the crowds on the hour, every hour. Sounds like an offer too mind-boggling to refuse!

For further details regarding Age Concern Exeter please ring 01392 202092, visit the web site: or pop into their offices at 138 Cowick Street.