Daniel Zeichner MP slipped on a pair of “cosy cattle” slippers as he visited Cherry Trees Day Centre, as part of Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s annual fundraising “Slip into Slippers” day.
This year funds are needed more than ever, as the busy charity which support 2,000 local pensioners a week has had to adapt to the covid pandemic.
Mr Zeichner met Vivian Beck, Day Services Manager and Helen Lancaster, Sharing Time Organiser at Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough who will explain to the MP the changes they have made
The charity has created new services, including Covid Friendship calls and Covid Shopping delivery as well as adapting to provide Covid safe contact when services such as day care have been suspended.
Melanie Wicklen, Chief Executive said, “We expect the next six months to be very challenging, yet again, with many community groups unable to offer the level of support they previously gave in their local area due to individuals returning to their paid roles. We would encourage people, not in this position, to contact us if they would be prepared to volunteer over the winter period and beyond.”
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “I’ll be slipping into my slippers to support Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. This year has been tough, especially for many older people, who have been cut off from friends and family, with no chance to hug their grandchildren. But our local charity has been doing a fantastic job supporting older people and I’ve heard all about the way they’ve brought smiles to the faces of local residents dropping off shopping, with friendly phone calls and initiating them in zooming and facetime! So find your favourite pair of slippers – fun, funky or comfy – and join in.”