Businesses and organisations are being urged to support thousands of pensioners who are trapped in a shocking cycle of social despair.
Nearly 15,000 people aged over 65 in the city are “intensely lonely” and have lost their family, friends, mobility or income.
And 24,000 pensioners are living on their own – despite suffering from a limiting, long-term illness.
This week the Yorkshire Evening Post has looked in depth at a new report by Leeds Community Foundation which reveals some of the heartbreaking issues facing elderly people in the city.
Four in ten single pensioner households have spiralled into fuel poverty and many are forced to make the disturbing choice of spending their money on food or heating their homes.
The Foundation are calling on businesses and organisations to show their support for the city’s pensioners.
Over the last three years it has distributed over £700,000 and provided guidance to hundreds of community projects who care for older people across Leeds.
Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “Our role means that we have the ability to assess the need across the city and provide the right support at the right time.
“Leeds Community Foundation can help to make a real difference by connecting people who need help with the people who are willing to give.
“Throughout the week the Yorkshire Evening Post has highlighted the results of our latest research and the ongoing issues that local older people face.”
And the Foundation has set up a special Caring for the Elderly Fund which will combat the issues which are brought about by an ageing population.
Sally-Anne added: “ We hope that the public and local businesses will donate to the Fund that will enable us to continue to support vital projects and take a step closer to improving services for local older people.”
For more information and to financially support the fund visit www.leedscf.org.uk.