Age UK has used a £2,000 donation to buy items for its home cleaning service - to help support the elderly in Milton Keynes.
The money from intu Milton Keynes, has been used to fund cleaning projects when a person is taken ill, goes into hospital and needs help to enable them to return home safely.
Requests can also come from Adult Social Care, older people themselves or family members who do not live near enough to be able to help.
Kim Bond, Age UK Milton Keynes’ Home Support Co-ordinator, said: “Age UK Milton Keynes has had a light housework and shopping service for over 15 years but recently we have received requests for more major cleaning jobs or spring cleans.
“In response to these requests we have been piloting a new initiative. We have the staff, we have the skills but we needed the appropriate equipment. Now we have that we have been able to tackle a number of major cleaning projects efficiently and effectively.”
The grant was awarded as part of intu’s long-term commitment to the communities served by all its centres.
intu Milton Keynes asked local charities to apply for the grant, applications were considered and Age UK Milton Keynes was chosen as the worthy beneficiary.
Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “We’re delighted that the grant has enabled Age UK Milton Keynes to purchase this vital equipment so that they can continue to expand their cleaning services.
“They provide truly valuable support for older people who need a little extra help and we’re so pleased to have been a part of that.”
Age UK Milton Keynes’ mission is to help keep older people independent, and allow them to live happily and healthily in their own home for as long as they wish.