Call for ‘hats on’ in the Western Isles to help older people

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Age Scotland invites everyone in the Western Isles to have fun and raise money to help older people by taking part in Wear a Hat Day on Friday 2nd December.

Funds raised will support older people’s groups locally – over this past year Age Scotland grants have supported Tagsa Uibhist’s Christmas Get-Together for their social groups; Stornoway Old People’s Welfare Association with their kitchen refurbishment and Tighean Innse Gall with a fire safety project. Age Scotland’s national services, including the Charity’s information Helpline for older people - 0845 125 973 - will also benefit.

Jo Cowan, Age Scotland’s Development Officer for the North, says: “Taking part is easy and open to everyone - simply make, borrow or buy a hat, and wear it all day. A donation to Age Scotland for each hat worn will make a huge difference to older people locally and across Scotland.”

Charity fundraiser Alison Payne says: “We have loads of ideas for getting maximum fun - and funds - out of the day. Why not use this as an excuse to kick-start the festive season. Organise a ‘Wear a Hat’ coffee morning at work, a ‘Wear a Hat’ pub quiz at university or a ‘Wear a Hat’ fashion show at school. And if 2nd December doesn’t suit you, you can choose a nearby date that does.”

For a free Wear a Hat Day pack and to registecall Alison on 0845 833 9315 or e-mail wearahatday@agescotland.org.uk.