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Sunday, 31 August 2014

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National appeal helps our elderly

WHITEHAVEN’S Johnson House has featured in a national newspaper in an appeal to help raise funds.

The Times’ Christmas Appeal this year is aiming to collect money for three charities, including the Abbeyfield Society which runs the Hillcrest establishment.

This week, The Times stated it had raised £363,000 for Abbeyfield along with Prostate Cancer UK and Sightsavers.

In the article, published in the paper last Friday, it highlighted the work carried out by Abbeyfield which was founded in the 1950s to address the problem of loneliness and isolation in old age, as well as “a desire to help people live well in later life’’.

It describes how the Johnson House residents go on holiday, day trips and outings.

Yvonne Owen, manager of Johnson House, said: “Our youngest resident is 70 and the eldest is 94. I have such respect for this generation. They fought the war for our freedom.

“Now they are a bit older, I believe it is quite right for them to have something to look forward to, a good holiday, an opportunity to meet some different people and then something to talk about afterwards.’’

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