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£7,500 grant boosts Age UK Hertfordshire's advice team

Age UK Hertfordshire has been awarded a £7,500 grant to support the county’s elderly residents.

The money, from Garfield Weston Foundation, will boost the charity’s information and advice team, who have tackled more than 25,000 enquiries.

Age UK Herts chief executive Deborah Paniagua said: “When Covid-19 hit in March, we had to work swiftly to reimagine our services so our charity could continue to support our older, more vulnerable clients during this pandemic.”

Age UK Herts (42217789)
Age UK Herts (42217789)

Mark Hanna, director of operations, said: “Our information and advice team are an incredibly busy, vital team who provide free advice to anyone over 50 in Hertfordshire. They can help with a range of issues from accessing benefit entitlements, including attendance allowance and pension credits, to advising on housing and social care options.

“The team also support with matters such as applying for lasting powers of attorney.

"Since March we've been extremely busy helping older people with issues related to the lockdown restrictions, such as how to access essential services and how they can get the support they need.”

Age UK Hertfordshire helps more than 10,000 people to combat isolation, loneliness and poverty, and the pandemic has battered its finances.

Mark added: “These are challenging times for all of us, but especially for the older people we support, so we’re very grateful to Garfield Weston for this additional financial support.”

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