Wakefield MP Mary Creagh backs campaign to End Loneliness’

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LONeLINESS could be affecting the mental and physical health of around 6,000 pensioners in Wakefield.

On Wednesday, Wakefield MP Mary Creagh called for it to be treated as a major health care issue that should be taken seriously, and urged people to join the Campaign to End Loneliness.

She said: “If we don’t start to champion loneliness as a health and care issue, elderly people in Wakefield will continue to have their lives cut short.”

The call came a week after the Express reported that Re-connect, a charity that provides a vital minibus service for 25,000 elderly people might have to close after being refused funding from a range of organisations, including The Big Lottery Fund.

Ms Creagh said: “I am urging action and for people to join the campaign and support excellent local services like Re-connect, so that Wakefield can become a stronger community, where people are less at risk of being isolated.”

The Campaign to End Loneliness is a national coalition of organisations and individuals working to tackle loneliness in older age, which can increases the risk of heart disease and put people at greater risk of blood clots.

Visit www.campaigntoendloneliness.org.uk