Four Richmond and Kingston charities which work to help elderly and isolated people enjoy independent lives have received a total of £400,000 from the City of London’s City Bridge Trust.
The Trust is part of the Bridge House Estates which is responsible for maintaining Tower, London, Blackfriars, Southwark and Millennium bridges. Each year it donates any surplus funds to charities working within Greater London.
Kingston Voluntary Action, Crossroads Care Richmond and Kingston upon Thames, Age Concern Richmond upon Thames and South West London Stroke Club – Moving On have all been awarded grants.
According to the Trust, Richmond upon Thames has the highest percentage of older people living alone within London.
Chairman Billy Dove MBE said “Richmond and Kingston are often viewed as wealthy areas of London, but in reality, as with other London boroughs, they have areas of isolation and deprivation.
These charities in Richmond and Kingston fit the City Bridge Trust’s aims to provide assistance to elderly Londoners and other vulnerable people. The Trust wants to contribute to a London where the over-75s can still enjoy active, independent and healthy lives and crucially, have a choice about how they live.”