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We all need a helping hand from time to time, but it’s not always easy to find. 

Loneliness and isolation can be a problem for lots of older people in their communities. Transport to health appointments or shops may be tricky, or they might need an extra hand with household tasks.

Sometimes, it’s simply having someone to chat to and laugh with. 

That’s why together we’re fundraising for social inclusion charities and almost 50 local lunch clubs in December, January and February through our Community Champions scheme. 

These organisations and groups bring communities together to offer a wide range of services, friendship and support to older residents. 

In Lincolnshire, volunteers are stepping up to provide transport, run errands or just lend an ear through Good Neighbour Schemes (above) set up by Community Lincs, one of the charities we’re supporting.

In North East Lincolnshire, Friendship at Home runs workshops and sessions, ranging from bingo to exercise classes (below).

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Newark Live at Home and Age UK North Lincolnshire will also be supported by our fundraising, as will lots of luncheon clubs across our trading area. They provide space for friends to get together for a hearty meal and hours of laughs.

And by supporting them all through our Community Champions scheme, together we can help more people benefit from them.

Here’s what we’ll be doing over the next few months… 

Following last year’s success, our travel branches have been collecting Christmas gifts throughout November.

From puzzles to chocolate, generous holidaymakers have donated some wonderful presents that will surely put a smile on someone’s face.

They’ll be handed out to Christmas lunch clubs during December. 

We’ll be donating Christmas food and drink to lunch clubs and Christmas dinners to add some seasonal sparkle.

Food stores will also be adding to the donation total with a Christmas event day on Saturday 25th November.

You can help our fundraising by buying a raffle ticket for £1 at one of our outlets – and you could win some huge prizes!

An Apple iPad Pro, a Samsung television and an Eden Hall spa day for two are among the items up for grabs.

Visit this page for more.

At our three carol concerts in December, there’ll also be a collection to raise money for the social inclusion charities being supported.

Visit this page to sign in for more information. 

We support a network of health walks which bring people together to enjoy fresh air, exercise and forge new friendships.

To help people who might be feeling lovely or isolated, we’ll raise awareness about the health walks and encourage new walkers and volunteers to join. 

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