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The year of platinum jubilees: Age UK turns 70 this year

The largest independent local Age UK in England.

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland are proud to share their Platinum Jubilee with the Queen this year and have a fun packed year of exciting events and activities to celebrate the 70 year anniversary in Leicester.

The organisation was set up in 1952 - the same year that Queen Elizabeth was crowned Queen of England.

Since then Age UK has been known formerly as National Old People's Welfare Committee and Age Concern before become Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland in 2010.

They've supported local people for 70 years and have grown to be the largest independent local Age UK in England.

The demand for their services has grown exponentially since 1952 and they are tremendously proud of their achievements, especially during the last two years when they’ve been a lifeline for thousands of local older people.

The support given

From home care, dementia support, day centres, carers support, information, and advice through to befriending, they deliver a plethora of services to local people, and demand is higher than ever.

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland’s Executive Director Tony Donovan said: ‘We are immensely proud of our services, staff and the people of our wonderful city and counties, and with the Queen’s Platinum Anniversary coinciding with our own milestone anniversary makes this the most special of years as we can celebrate the Double Platinum.

"Older people in our communities are struggling more than ever – there is real hardship out there, especially with the cost of living and energy prices increasing, the future can seem bleak.

"This year will be a great way to highlight our work and reach those people who need us now more than ever while also being able to raise vital funds enabling us to continue serving local older people for the next 70 plus years."


Written by Levitha Biji

Levitha is a broadcast journalism graduate, currently studying MA International Media and Communication Studies at the University of Nottingham. Having lived in three countries and being fluent in three languages, she's passionate about global journalism. She's recently finished an internship with Niche Magazine and also runs her own blog, Levitha Mariam.


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