Charity worker going the extra mile for elderly care

Rob Everitt from age UK Lindsey
Rob Everitt from age UK Lindsey

Most of us have gone the extra mile at the office at some point, but one charity worker is taking it a step further to raise funds for the elderly.

As part of his training for the London Marathon in April, Rob Everitt, of Age UK Lindsey will be running from Horncastle Access Centre to the Market Rasen charity shop on Wednesday March 12.

This is the first time Rob has taken part in the London Marathon and he wants to raise as much money as possible for the charity he works for.

Rob manages the charity’s flagship information and advice service, which last year alone helped older people in East and West Lindsey receive £2.4 million of previously unclaimed benefits.

The access centres are the first point of contact for callers from across East and West Lindsey and provide a ‘drop in’ point for a whole range of other enquiries for older people.

Rob said: “We offer a free home visit service to older people in order to complete forms to claim money they are entitled to,

“It costs about £50 a visit and we do not receive any funding from the Government towards this vital service. Our main source of income is through our charity shops and donations from the public.”

Rob hopes that people will ‘think local’ and donate to age UK Lindsey as a result of his efforts.

He added: “Without the support of the public we would not be able to provide this vital service to the older people of East and West Lindsey.”

Sponsorship forms are in the Market Rasen Age UK Lindsey charity shop. Donations may also be made by texting AUKL26 and the donation amount to 70070. To find out more about the services age UK Lindsey offers older people call 01507 525892.