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Do something incredible for Derbyshire's lonely older people!

With almost three-quarters of older people in the UK identifying as lonely and more than half of those saying they have never spoken to anyone about how they feel, it has never been more important to stand against loneliness in later life.

The detrimental impact that loneliness and social isolation can have on our physical and mental health is no secret: loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26% and those who are isolated have an increased risk of developing coronary heart disease and experiencing a stroke.

However, you’ll be pleased to know you can contribute towards a life free from isolation for the UK’s older generation!

By taking part in fundraising activities and events for Derbyshire-based national charity MHA you can do something incredible by helping to improve the lives of older people living across Derbyshire and beyond - one of enjoyment where they can feel supported and connected in communities that care.

In fact, every penny raised for MHA’s fundraising arm Best For Ages will help older people to thrive, whether that's by attending one of 58 life-changing Live at Home schemes available across England, Scotland and Wales or through MHA's ground-breaking music therapy programmes for those living with dementia.

So how can you get involved…?

Abseil 80ft in the heart of the Peak District to combat loneliness in later life 

Date: Saturday 23 September 2017

Location: Millers Dale Bridge, Tideswell, Derbyshire

Have you got a head for heights? Get your Derbyshire adrenaline rush by challenging yourself to an 80 foot abseil in the heart of the Peak District.

Challenge yourself, friends, relatives and colleagues to an 80 foot abseil off Millers Dale Bridge, a spectacular and well known abseil location in the heart of the Peak District National Park.

Shortly after you step over the railings and begin your descent you will take on a 70 foot free-hanging drop into the gorge below - sure to get your adrenaline pumping!

With places limited, this is a great opportunity to challenge yourself, have a fun day out and make a positive difference to the lives of older people facing loneliness and isolation across the UK. 

To find out more and register, please visit: www.bestforages.com/peakabseil

Hike through Derbyshire’s stunning High Peak whilst stamping out isolation in older people

Date: Saturday 7 October 2017

Location: Cromford Meadows, Derbyshire

Head for the hills and take on a hike through Derbyshire’s finest countryside and industrial heritage this October.

The Peak District is home to stunning scenery and more than lives up to its reputation as one of Britain’s most inspiring National Parks. Whether you choose the three mile challenge or full 17 mile hike, Best For Ages’ High Peak Trail Hike is an experience you will not forget!

3 mile hike: Ideal for families and beginners. Hikers will meet in the village of Cromford before being transported to the starting line at Middleton Top. The route will follow the High Peak Trail, then heads downhill to Black Rocks, which affords a spectacular view of the Derwent valley around Matlock. The trail then follows the Cromford Canal, teeming with wildlife, and takes you through part of the Derwent Mills World Heritage site before you reach the finish line at Cromford Meadows.

17 mile hike: Meeting in the picturesque village of Cromford and then transported to the starting line at Hurdlow, you will then head out on your hike, following the High Peak Trail through the rolling limestone countryside and the wonderful scenery of the Peak District National Park until you reach the finish line back at Cromford Meadows.

To find out more and register, please visit: www.bestforages.com/highpeak