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Glossop’s Age Concern receive donation to help local old folk
Friday 9th December 2016 @ 14:55 by Adam Higgins
Community Glossop Chronicle News

Glossop and District Age Concern has been handed a badly needed donation to help local old folk.

But the £400 – from Glossop’s Devonshire Lodge – could be too late to provide local OAPs with Christmas hampers.

Age Concern chairwoman Joyce Brocklehurst said: “We are very grateful to the lodge, but our income is down.

“We have had donations from councillors in the past, but nothing this year, I am really disappointed.

“We will be meeting tonight (Thursday) to see we can do.

“If we can’t distribute parcels, we may decide on a big party for old people in the New Year.

“But some of the old people cannot get out and look forward to getting the parcels.”

Up to 1,000 old folk received parcels at the height of the scheme’s success with containers at major stores where people could drop in items of food.

But the numbers have fallen away in recent years with cash grants getting less and less.

Tonight’s meeting will look at putting boxes in local supermarkets, although Mrs Brocklehurst admits time is getting tight.

Also, with it costing £10 to buy food to fill a box, it could be difficult.

Devonshire’s donation is not strictly for boxes, but for parties, trips out and elderly folks’ welfare in general.

Head of the lodge, Colin Richardson, said: “We are pleased to be able to help this valuable local charity that does such important work in Glossopdale.”

Mrs Brocklehurst said the £400 was particularly welcome as small charities were constantly in need of money. How it is spent and whether it will be on parcels or a party will be decided tonight.

 

By David Jones