A CHARITY offering isolated people an ear of friendship is asking Uttoxeter residents to ‘put their best foot forward’ for its latest fund-raising campaign.
Careline, which recently extended its services to Uttoxeter after 15 years operating in the Ashbourne area, provides regular phone calls to befriend those with little social interaction.
The charity is running a sponsored walk on Saturday, which spans 9.5 miles from the JCB lake to Alton and back along the historic Saltersford Lane, starting at 10am.
Careline Manager Marianne Jacques said: “We’re really looking forward to the day and have chosen to walk the route starting at the JCB lake this year to highlight the recent expansion of the service to cover Uttoxeter and surrounding villages.
“We have already taken on members in the area who have started receiving befriending calls but we obviously want to make sure as many people as possible know about this valuable free service.
“The team is made up of staff, volunteers, trustees and members along with the team’s mascot, Maisy, the West Highland Terrier, who, at just 10 months old, is making her first sponsored walk.
“The walk aims to raise valuable funds for the Careline charity, which provides daily telephone calls to elderly, vulnerable or isolated people living in the area.
“As well as having a chat, Careline volunteers check that all is well and provide advice and information to members.”
Hikers can take part by meeting the team at the car park of Ryecroft Middle School at 9.45am.
Anyone wanting to sponsor the walkers and Maisy can do so online at www.carelinecalling.co.uk by clicking on the Virgin Money Giving logo.
Alternatively, donors can send a cheque, made payable to Careline, to ‘St Oswald’s Hospital, Clifton Road, Ashbourne DE6 1DR’.
Further information about Careline and volunteering opportunities are available by calling 01335 210353.