An additional 50 older people from across Leeds with serious health conditions will be able to stay in their homes thanks to a grant from Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons to the Hawksworth Older Peoples’ Support (HOPS) charity.
The £15,000 grant was welcomed by the charity who are struggling to cope with an increasing demand for their services after a reduction in the level of Council funding.
HOPS runs a weekly programme of health-related and social activities at Hawksworth Wood Village Hall, Leeds, including line dancing, coffee mornings, luncheon clubs, and provision of excursions.
The charity also assists with form-filling and benefit applications as well as acting as an advocate for their members with statutory agencies and utility companies.
The majority of HOPS current 160 members are aged from their mid-60s through until their late-90s. Many of them live alone and are dependent on state benefits. Some of the members suffer from serious, age-related illnesses and without the charity would be socially isolated, lonely, and depressed.