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Charity announces the ‘Knock and Check’ campaign to support the lonely and isolated and save lives

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THIS Winter, Kent Community Foundation is asking you to Knock and Check on your elderly neighbours so that together we can support the lonely and isolated and save lives.

Kent Community Foundation wants to build on the fabulous community spirit shown in the county during lockdown, to reduce the number of avoidable deaths amongst the elderly this winter.

Every year there are 1600 avoidable deaths in Kent and Medway. By getting involved in the Knock and Check campaign, together, we can and will save lives, by recognising when support might be required and getting help arranged.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said:

“As part of our annual Surviving Winter initiative, the Knock and Check campaign is asking people to call on their vulnerable neighbours and check they are OK. Perhaps you could offer to do some shopping, share magazines or books, or give them something you have baked and as we approach Christmas, and many lunch clubs for the elderly will not be able to offer their usual lunches, why not cook enough for an extra plate and take a Christmas lunch to your neighbour. If you can’t join us to ‘Knock and Check’ please consider donating to Kent Community Foundation so that we can ensure the money gets to the local good causes that will support your elderly neighbours this winter.

“We sincerely hope that the amazing community spirit we know exists in the county will lead everyone to get involved, by being neighbourly and carrying out small acts of kindness, together we can reduce the shocking number of avoidable deaths that occur each winter. Even if we save one life our campaign will have been successful. The elderly are often not aware of the help that is available and often do not want to ask. If you identify a problem our online ‘Knock and Check’ resource directory will help match the need with the resource. Your neighbour might need advice on registering as a vulnerable person with energy suppliers, joining befriending services, community projects, or clubs and societies or help booking an appointment with citizens advice or the local authority. So please knock on your neighbour’s door and check they are OK and let ‘Knock and Check’ become as popular as clapping on Thursday nights for the NHS did.”

To find out more about the ‘Knock and Check’ campaign and to download the resource directory visit www.kentcf.org.uk/knockandcheck

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