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      Volunteers needed for Belfast Christmas Street Collections

      04 November 2019

      Our Belfast Christmas Street Collections this year will be held on Thursday 21st November, 6pm-9pm and Friday 22nd November, 9am-9pm. All proceeds will go towards funding our befriending service across Northern Ireland.

      Our befriending volunteer, Carmel has been visiting Mary since May 2018. In that time they have developed a great friendship with Mary really enjoying their chats. As she is largely bed bound, Mary doesn’t go out at all and the only other people she sees on a daily basis are her carers who do not have a lot of time to spend with her. Her hearing loss can also make communication with them difficult. Despite all this, she remains remarkably upbeat and enjoys a joke and a laugh during Carmel’s weekly visit. Mary said: “I’d just like to thank you, you couldn’t have introduced me to a more wonderful woman. We have some great chats, we’re both fed up with Brexit. I love to laugh and Carmel makes me laugh.” Mary also likes to reminisce about her earlier life with her husband Fred when they both went dancing in the Floral Hall and the Plaza in Belfast. Recently, Mary has been unwell and had to go into hospital. Carmel continues to visit her there and she is always very glad to see a friendly face.

      Big belfast christmas collection - northern ireland

      Please help us raise money so we can continue to support people like Mary:

      • £10 could allow one volunteer to travel from Belfast to Bangor to befriend someone living there.

      • £25 could allow one volunteer to take the person they visit out for an hour or two.
      • £50 could fully train a volunteer so they can provide much-needed companionship.

       

      Action on Hearing Loss is currently seeking volunteers for a minimum of 2 hours to help with the collections. Festive attire is encouraged and volunteers will be provided with hot drinks and Christmas treats.

      Norma Kelly, Regional Volunteer Manager at Action on Hearing Loss, said: ‘Isolation has become such a major issue for many older members of the community living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus. Please take the time this Christmas to help us support them – we need you!!’

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      Action on Hearing Loss supports people in Northern Ireland with deafness, tinnitus or hearing loss to live the life they choose. The charity runs a range of services across Northern Ireland including befriending, hearing aid user support, support for people with tinnitus and help for people with deafness or hearing loss looking for jobs, education or training. To find out more, visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/northernireland

      Big Belfast Christmas Collections:

      Thursday 21st November, 6pm-9pm & Friday 22nd November, 9am-9pm

      Big Belfast Christmas Collections:  Thursday 21st November, 6am-9pm & Friday 22nd November, 9am-9pm
      Big Belfast Christmas Collections: Thursday 21st November, 6pm-9pm & Friday 22nd November, 9am-9pm