Julie Longman, fundraising manager of Age UK Horsham District, and her colleague Kirsten Shepherd spent a day in John Lewis at Home Horsham on Friday December 4 to raise awareness about Age UK Horsham District and local fundraising events and share information about later life with our customers.
Miranda Graesser, department manager of commercial support, presented Julie with two fabulous Christmas Hampers that will be raffled in the lead up to Christmas to raise vital funds for Age UK Horsham District.
Julie said: “Our presence in the John Lewis store was a great opportunity to engage with our community and raise awareness about all our services and volunteering opportunities.
“Since the John Lewis Christmas advert was launched we have recorded an increase in enquiries about volunteering. Age UK Horsham District currently has volunteers that help run lunch clubs and carry out home visits and we are always looking for more volunteers to help make a difference in our community”.”
Miranda Graesser said: “We hope our an on the Moon campaign in association with Age UK will help people to find really special gifts for their loved ones and through our partnership with Age UK, raise awareness of the issue of loneliness amongst older people, as 1 million older people go for a month without speaking to anyone.”
John Lewis Horsham Partners will be given the opportunity to volunteer with Age UK Horsham District over the coming months at various events.
Age UK is also one of the three charities in the John Lewis Community Matters scheme that will be awarded a percentage of £3,000 as voted for by John Lewis customers. The other Charities are Winstons Wish, bereavement support for Children and Cancer Research.
25% of the selling price of the Man on the Moon Mug and card will be donated to Age UK.
To Donate £5 and show someone their loved this Christmas please text MOON to 70800.
To find out more please visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/horshamdistrict
Report and picture contributed by John Lewis Horsham.