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Help TrustATrader raise money for Friends of the Elderly

TrustATrader is on a mission to introduce people to local traders they can really trust, who will provide a high quality and reliable service. Alongside this, we are passionate about finding ways for our traders to make a difference in our communities. We have seen the positive impact that our traders can have on the lives of older customers. That’s why we’ve partnered up with Friends of the Elderly – a charity that supports isolated and lonely older people – so we can help combat loneliness and make sure all our older customers are satisfied and supported.

Why does loneliness matter?

“Time moves so slowly I want to scream. There’s nothing to do and nothing to look forward to.”

Many people, like Edith, 78, are not in this situation through choice.
One in three older people in the UK are affected by loneliness and half of all older people view the TV as their main form of company. Sadly, these statistics are likely to rise in the future: unless we all act now.

How you can make a difference

TrustATrader has pledged to raise money for the charity’s Be a Friend campaign, which is encouraging everyone to get to know older neighbours and members of their community.
Being a friend is about doing something small that will make a big difference – a smile or hello can really help someone to feel more connected to the world around them. Interactions that we barely give a second thought to, for some, may be the only contact that they have for days, or even weeks.
Our support isn’t just financial, we want to raise awareness about loneliness and get our fantastic traders involved; standing united to support vulnerable older people. That’s where you come in. We want as many traders as possible to take part in our fundraising events, make an online promise to Be a Friend and increase the trust in the work that we know you do so well.

What if I can't attend?

If the idea of running (or walking!) for charity makes you want to run a mile in the other direction, don’t worry – there are lots of other ways you can support our partnership. You can make a donation via our Virgin Money Giving or JustGiving pages, send family, friends and customers our way, or set up your own fundraiser to give people in your area something to smile about! Every single penny counts, so set up a swear jar in the office, organise a pub quiz or climb a mountain and see how much money you can raise!

Find out more about Friends of the Elderly

If you would like any more information, visit our website