Loneliness and social isolation are chronic problems in the elderly in the North East. An estimated 50,000 pensioners in the region are chronically lonely and are 50% more likely to die prematurely than people with good social networks. This means loneliness is as big a mortality risk as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Many are dog lovers and when they ask for a furry friend from Wag & Company, they get the bonus of a very nice two legged one at the same time. Over 330 amazing Visiting Wag Teams are currently making the difference, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, down to Stokesley, across to Haltwhistle and pretty much everywhere in between.
There are many people in need and also lovely case studies; the relationship between Friendship Dog Sandie and her new friend Mrs Doreen Ainsley who she visits in her own home in Morpeth is one. Doreen always had labradors and collies, her house is full of photos, but she is no longer able to have a dog of her own so she really loves her weekly cuddle with Sandie pictured above.
Our group of cyclists will be training for six months whatever the weather; on dark mornings, after work or over the weekend. This challenge is no mean feat. Many of our cyclists will never have attempted something like this before and need the support, encouragement and motivation that they're raising money for our fantastic cause. We are so grateful for whatever you can give, whether that's £1 or £1000, because it will make this tough challenge worth training for. With your donation, we can help more people like Doreen. Thank you.