YOUNGSTERS in South Tyneside are digging out their woollies in a show of compassion to their elders.
Pupils at Ridgeway Primary School are getting behind Age UK South Tyneside’s Bobble Day campaign.
On Friday – National Bobble Day – they will be donning their winter woollies in exchange for a £1 donation to the charity.
The money will be used to help fund vital services helping to support and prevent isolation among older people in South Tyneside.
The school, in Park Avenue, South Shields, is one of a number taking part in the campaign.
Michael McCarthy, head teacher at the school, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile cause, that can be often overlooked, while educating our pupils about the benefits of supporting their local community.
“Everyone knows someone who is approaching old age, whether it be a family member or neighbour. We were genuinely shocked at the numbers and statistics regarding excess winter deaths when meeting with Age UK South Tyneside and wanted to do what we can to help.”
Figures by Age UK reveal this winter 24,000 older people may not survive the cold weather.
For more information on Age UK South Tyneside and the services it offers contact 456 6903 or visit www.ageuksouthtyneside.org.uk