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It's the season for giving!

For the past few years the Research and Enterprise team has worked in partnership with generous colleagues and students across the campus to collect donations for a seasonal giving event.

In 2016 we worked with Brighton and Hove children’s social services to collect over 500 gifts for children from local families and last year we donated half a tonne of food to Brighton and Hove Food Bank.

With help from you we would love to make this year our biggest collection yet!

This year we are collecting items for Age UK to make goody bags for older people in the community who are alone at Christmas. Age UK recently identified a number of 'loneliness hotspots' in Brighton and Hove and it is staggering to learn that the city features in the top 20% for loneliness.

In partnership with Age UK Brighton and Hove (AUKBH), who are dedicated to helping people in the city make the most of later life, and the Brighton and Hove befriending network Impetus we are looking to distribute 1,000 bags to support the lonely in the Brighton and Hove area.  

Roisin Murphy, Communities and Inclusion Development Manager at Age UK (Brighton and Hove), said: “On behalf of Age UK (Brighton and Hove) I would like to thank you for choosing the older people in Brighton and Hove to be recipients of your seasonal initiative.

"As an alumna (School of Social Sciences 1978–81), I am particularly delighted to work in partnership with the Research and Enterprise team at the University of Sussex. I hope it is the start of a good working relationship between both organisations.

Age UK (Brighton and Hove) wants to reduce social isolation and make the city a  great place for older people. I thought it might be helpful for you to hear what older people value most:

  • Maintaining their independence, for as long as possible
  • Making their own choices
  • Preserving their dignity

Everything that Age UK does has the potential to reduce isolation and loneliness. With your offer we can target the individuals most likely to be isolated (the recently bereaved; those living alone; people in rented accommodation; those in poor health).

These seasonal gifts are a fantastic way of showing older people that they are not forgotten and will really be appreciated.”

We are asking for support from colleagues and students across the campus to fill these bags. We are collecting items until Friday 7 December.

Some ideas for gifts include:

  • Gift vouchers (so recipients can make choices)
  • Note pads/books
  • Pens
  • Calendars
  • Kitchen magnets
  • Diaries
  • Memory joggers
  • Digital kitchen timer
  • Sweets/chocolates
  • Biscuits
  • Hand cream
  • Gift sets ( try to keep it neutral, please, so that we don’t have to sort into male and female)
  • Small gifts 

Bring your items to Research and Enterprise reception, 1st Floor, Falmer House, or contact Simone Robinson (Simone.Robinson@sussex.ac.uk, ext 7767) for a collection.

We hope you will join us on this latest initiative!


Posted on behalf of: Research & Enterprise Services
Last updated: Wednesday, 7 November 2018

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