Gloria Hunniford visits new scheme in Bromley

30 May 2013

Health Lottery Ambassador Gloria Hunniford visited Royal Voluntary Service’s Community Transport Scheme in Bromley on Tuesday 28 May 2013 to see first-hand the difference it makes to older people in local communities.

The scheme, based from Crown Meadow Court, an extra care housing development run by Hannover Housing Association, has been funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by HealthWisdom through The Health Lottery.

Cheryl Pullar, who manages the Royal Voluntary Service scheme, explained: “This funding has enabled us to provide vital support for isolated older people in the area. It allows older people to get out and about – to go shopping, to the GP or hospital appointments or simply to meet up with friends. It is a real lifeline as it allows people to retain their independence.”

The service’s first regular user Donald Plummer, 88, and his son Mark met with Gloria to explain the difference that it has made to their lives. He has been using the Royal Voluntary Service Community Transport service since mid-April.

Mark said: “The funding makes a huge difference to people like my Dad who are living with Dementia, but are capable of semi-independent living. It is an invaluable service for him, and it gives the whole family peace of mind. He is a lot calmer and happier since he started using the service and it has meant that he has been able to remain independent for longer, which is good for everyone.”

Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford, said: “As a Health Lottery Ambassador it is great to have the chance to visit vital projects such as this and meet people like Donald and Mark. I was truly impressed on many different levels by the service and the way in which it helps people get out and about. The biggest problem I see, as a broadcaster, is loneliness amongst older people and this is a great way for them to keep their freedom. Well done to The Health Lottery as every ticket sold helps raise money for projects like these.”

Gloria also met with retired police officer Roger Somerville, 68, one of Royal Voluntary Services’ dedicated volunteers who not only takes Donald and other local older people on trips several times a week, but also provides vital company and a bit of a chat.

Anyone interested in volunteering or who would like to enquire about the service, contact Cheryl Pullar, Royal Voluntary Service manager, tel: 07736 924070 or email: [email protected]

People’s Health Trust has awarded 25 local Royal Voluntary Services projects with funding totaling £1,075,652 using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, since its launch in 2011.

So far, more than £34 million has been raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery – vital funds that has been used by People’s Health Trust to support more than 500 community projects and over 50,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales.



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