Friends of Kincardine and Deeside Befriending (K&DB) held their Easter coffee morning at the Invercarron Recourse Centre last week.
K&DB are already hailing the event as having being their “best ever.”
They raised a cool £1000 which will help K&DB to continue their work of providing companionship and outings for older people who are lonely and isolated.
Their delicious home bakes, marmalade and savouries, together with decorated Easter eggs, sold very well and people attending the coffee morning willingly put their hands into their pockets to get a chance to win one of the many great raffle and tombola prices.
Treasurer Rodney Payne said: “This event raised a fantastic amount of money for our cause. I would like to thank the volunteers - who have been doing this coffee morning in addition to visiting older people in our communities - for putting on such a wonderful event and for their all their hard work.
‘‘I would also like to thank the public for supporting us by coming along.”
As people become older many can, unfortunately, experience isolation and loneliness, perhaps as a result of bereavement, loss of mobility, illness or family migration.
This, in turn, can lead to loss of confidence, depression and general poor health which ultimately may contribute to older people leaving their home and moving into residential accommodation.
K&DB’s aim is to reduce social isolation and loneliness in older people throughout the Kincardine and Deeside area by matching them on a one to one basis with a volunteer befriender.
A regular visit from a befriender can provide companionship, practical, emotional support, and generally improve physical and mental wellbeing.