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New support for elderly people

20th February 2006

A local charity group has organised a new initiative in Croydon to help elderly people living alone find companionship.

Contact the Elderly will organise a network of volunteers who will drive elderly members for small monthly tea parties.

"It's really heartening when people are willing to spare the time to do something to help elderly people," said Helen Jones of Contact the Elderly.

"Our members are usually well over 70 and are unable to get out without assistance, so a regular meeting one Sunday a month means so much to them it's something for them to look forward to."

Contact the Elderly currently has over 265 local groups in the UK, which together support around 2,000 elderly people.

The charity was founded in 1965 by Trevor Lyttleton, who remains the Founder Chairman today.