Firms aid elderly

PUBLISHED: 13:32 30 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:35 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30: EXMOUTH'S business community is investing in our future - despite the credit crunch they are digging deep into their pockets and backing Age Concern. East Devon has the third highest retired population in the country and growing - 40,000 from a population

EXMOUTH'S business community is investing in our future - despite the credit crunch they are digging deep into their pockets and backing Age Concern.East Devon has the third highest retired population in the country and growing - 40,000 from a population of just over 125,000 - so the need for regular contributions is essential.Charities make up the shortfall left by Social Services with services including day care, home support, outings, lunches and advice.And now, six months after the launch of the corporate sponsorship scheme, the list of backers is growing.There are four levels of sponsorship: gold at £750, which will buy an advert, emblazoned on the Age Concern mini-bus, a news letter and a large framed certificate - they are Lord Clinton's Charitable Trust and Exmouth Town Council.Silver is £500 and there are two silver sponsors, Headmasters in The Strand and Exmouth Bed and Pine Centre in Exeter Road - they can give discounts to individual sponsors who pay £25.Bronze at £250 in cash, goods or services each year gives their name on a large display board in the Age Concern restaurant.These members are Everys Solicitors, F Arthur Jones Solicitors, Eaton Terry Clark, Vine Orchards, Haldon House Surgery, Exmouth Journal, Devon Signs and Chiropractic Exmouth.Signatories to the last level, at £100 associate sponsor, are Partners in Payroll, Copyrite Stationery and Exmouth Copy Shop, Sprint Print, Rolle Medical Practice, Cranford Nursing Home, Claremont Medical Practice, Whites Pharmacy, Westmancoat Heating, Reynolds Butchers, The Clinton Arms and Rotary Club of Exmouth.Graham Martin, of Age Concern Exmouth said: "The scheme is very flexible, for if companies wish to pay with goods or services to the value they can."We have had a 10 per cent take up with our phone calls, which is really good. "In our history we have never had so much involvement with the business and professional community - this is enabling us to do more which will be to the benefit of the wider community."We are all growing older and in less than 15 years over half of us will be over 50."Our role is to ensure everyone knows what they can obtain from the state and use the services we offer."On Wednesday, September 24, there is a corporate sponsors' open day. For more information call Graham on: (01395) 274485.

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