The local charity is asking local schools and businesses to put their best foot forward and don their cosy slippers on Tuesday 1 October to raise money and recognise the UN International Day of Older Persons, which seeks to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes where older people are concerned.
Slip into Slippers is a local event devised by Age UK Solihull and is now in its fifth year.
The local charity, which helps over 10,000 older people in the borough each year, is inviting people to join in by wearing slippers to work or school and donating £1.00 each.
All money raised will stay in Solihull to help Age UK Solihull offer advice, information and practical support to the older people in the borough through services including befriending, social clubs, gentle exercise classes and home support.
Age UK Solihull is also the lead partner in the delivery of Solihull’s Community Advice Hubs, where any Solihull resident aged 18+ and their carers can access information, advice and support.
Local businesses, Sydney Mitchell Solicitors, and Birmingham Business Park, both of whom have chosen Age UK Solihull as their Charity of the Year, have already signed up to take part in the campaign.
Schools signed up to take part include Balsall Common Primary, Marston Green Infants, Damson Wood Infants, Yew Tree Primary and Sharman’s Cross Primary School.
Lorraine Hart, Fundraising Manager at Age UK Solihull, says, “The population of over 85s in Solihull is set to double by 2036, so it is vital that we are able to continue providing our services to improve the lives of local older people.
“Slip Into Slippers is a an easy and fun way to raise money for the charity, but at the same time there’s a serious message about the value of older people in society, both at work and in the home, and a way to recognise all that our parents and grandparents do for us.”
If you are interested in taking part in ‘Slip into Slippers’, please contact Age UK Solihull’s Fundraising Team on 0121 704 7842 or email: email@example.com or find out more at: ageuksolihull.org.uk and click on ‘fundraising’.