Age UK Lindsey makes staff redundant and cuts services for elderly due to lockdown losses

Age UK is cutting some of its services Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A charity which supports elderly people in north Lincolnshire has had to make more than half of its staff redundant and close key services in order to survive.

Age UK Lindsey, which is based in Horncastle in Lincolnshire, was set up more than 30 years ago.

The charity provided paid-for gardening, cleaning and transport to the area's ageing population, but its income has dropped significantly during the coronavirus lockdown.

The charity gave practical help to Dennis Patchett from Market Rasen. Dennis has lived since December, when his wife passed away. He said he relied on the comfort of someone coming to visit him.

He explained:

Just to have that social contact with somebody is very important, otherwise I could go for many days without talking to anyone." "To find that the one bit of support that you did have, and that's taken away, it's quite devastating.

Dennis Patchett

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The charity receives income from its shops, which have been closed during the coronavirus lockdown.

Andy Storer AgeUK Lindsey said the decision to cut some services has been "incredibly difficult".

He added:

We are very aware of the impact closing services will always have on older people.

Andy Storer AgeUK Lindsey