Age Concern in the Forest of Dean needs your votes

By Carmelo Garcia in Charity

AGE Concern Forest of Dean is appealing for local people to vote for them in a national competition.

The organisation, which has a commercial kitchen that supplies meals on wheel’s to the Dean’s elderly, is one of five regional competitors in the ’People’s Projects’ charity competition organised by the Big Lottery Fund in conjunction with ITV.

As part of the promotion, Age Concern’s Cinderford Meals Service kitchen staff were filmed in action by an ITV crew who also accompanied a volunteer driver to visit elderly clients in the Dean.

The film crew also visited Blakeney Lunch Club at their monthly meeting.

The film will be shown on ITV West’s 6 O’clock News on March 20.

The organisation’s slogan for the competition is ’Catering with Compassion’ and should it win the charity stands to be awarded a large sum of money that would totally transform Age Concern Forest of Dean’s finances and allow them to expand their services of delivering hot meals to elderly and housebound Forest residents and its befriending service.

These services are helping to maintain older people living independently in their own homes and out of Care Homes.

Dr Daphne Pearson, The charity’s chairman said: “Winning an award depends entirely on the number of votes cast for each entrant and the charity’s campaign to solicit votes.

We will be launching our campaign late today, (March 16) at Cinderford Rugby Club and hope that as many people in the District and beyond will vote for us.”

Voting is free and each vote must be returned by 3 April.

Pre-printed voting postcards (Freepost) have been placed in various shops, village halls, pubs, and surgeries across the Forest.

Residents are asked to complete a card where they see one and place it in the box or wallet provided for collection and mailing.

Further postcards are available from Anthea 01594 827927.

Voting online can be done by searching for ’People’s Project’ and ’Catering with Compassion’. Online voting requires an email address.

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