Supporting Older People Named Charity Champ


Supporting Older People Named ‘Charity Champ’ in Nationwide Appreciation Campaign

Harrogate charity reducing isolation among older people receives recognition from BlackRock Group as part of National Emergencies Trust #NETCharityChamps

Harrogate-based charity, Supporting Older People, has received recognition for its efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a nationwide appreciation campaign by the National Emergencies Trust (NET), including a special message of thanks from BlackRock.


The Charity Champs campaign, which is being backed by a host of celebrities and companies on social media this month, is celebrating the efforts of frontline charities and groups, like Supporting Older People, that have worked tirelessly to support their communities for nearly a year now.


A video to launch the campaign features HRH The Duke of Cambridge, who is Royal Patron of the National Emergencies Trust, as well as Alesha Dixon, Pixie Lott and many others who’ve lent their support to its Coronavirus Appeal over the last year. While Fearne Cotton, Stephen Fry and many others have been posting messages of support on social media across the month.


Supporting Older People run a range of services and social activities to help alleviate the loneliness and isolation often experienced by older people living on their own, or those caring for someone living with dementia. They have been using funding from the NET’s Coronavirus Appeal, to move their face-to-face befriending scheme to a telephone service and to provide a prescription collection and delivery service, as well as deliver food and essentials to vulnerable older people who are shielding.


As part of the Charity Champs campaign, Kate Rogata, Director of Supporting Older People, took part in a video interview with Sarah Melvin, Head of UK BlackRock, who generously donated £2 million to the NET Coronavirus Appeal last year.


In the video, Ms Rogata explains that before the start of the pandemic, they were working with more than 200 older people with the help of over 100 volunteers to provide a befriending service and run social activities like a singing group and outings. She talks about how the charity’s volunteers have helped to keep the older people connected and feel loved during lockdowns by delivering edible treats donated by local companies. Speaking of some of the highlights of their charity work, Ms Rogata says “Seeing people’s responses face-to-face, I think has given us the most pleasure definitely, and I think for the people we support, as well, it’s had the most impact on them.” 


Supporting Older People is one of more than 258 projects to receive a grant from the NET Coronavirus Appeal through Two Ridings Community Foundation. To-date the National Emergencies Trust’s appeal has raised £97million and more than £94million of this has reached communities across the four nations. 


Mhairi Sharp, CEO of the National Emergencies Trust, said: “For nearly a year now people in charities all around the UK have put others’ needs before their own to help those most affected by the pandemic. The creativity and compassion they’ve shown in the face of such difficult times is truly inspirational. We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge and thank charity champs like Supporting Older People and we’re so pleased that BlackRock are able to join us.”


To watch the BlackRock and Supporting Older People Charity Champs Chat visit: 


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