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U's Show Their Heart

12 February 2014

Club back community award.

Loneliness is a growing problem and research shows it can affect older people’s health and that socially isolated adults are also more likely to undergo early admission into residential or nursing care.

Clinton Morrison and Alex Gilbey, along with Terry Price and Barry Smith, were on hand to get the Big Heart 2014 award nominations underway.
Colchester United players past and present have got together to back a new awards scheme acknowledging those who care for the elderly in our local area.

It recognised and celebrated those people whose second nature is to make time for others or go the extra mile to lend a helping hand. The deserving winner was Colchester mum of two, Angela Lloyd.

Their message was, literally, taken to heart and picked up both nationally and locally; the response was so positive that Primary Care decided to launch their first annual award: Big Heart 2013.

Directors Michelle Duggan, Natalie Emmerson and their team, who support and care for vulnerable people in their own homes, were concerned for those who didn’t have access to care or family and friends close by during the festive season.

While the Government is taking action now, Primary Care was already galvanising people into action last Christmas.  

"As a nation we are aware this is an issue, but these figures bring older people’s plight into sharp relief. We can’t stand by and let this continue and our goal is to encourage friends, families and neighbours to that bit more."

Speaking about the award, Natalie Emmerson, director Primary Care said: "We know that more than five million older people say that the television is their main company, 17% are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and that half of those over the age of 75 live alone and one in ten suffers ‘intense’ loneliness.

It will be helping to spread the word, generate nominations and encourage everyone to spare a thought for their neighbour, especially if their neighbour is older or infirm, and be a friend.   

Primary Care is now launching Big Heart 2014, starting the search for even more big hearted Essex residents and Colchester United Football Club is one of many companies supporting the award.  

"We are proud of the great work that goes on in our local area and this award acknowledges the often unsung efforts of some great people in the communities near 

Matt Hudson, Media Manager, Colchester United Football Club, said: "We are delighted to be backing the Big Heart award. to Colchester United. We look forward to meeting the winners and finding out more about their stories."

. You can also call 01255 224680 to request a form.  The closing date for nominations is Friday 11th April 2014. downloaded by clicking HEREThe award is open to everyone of all ages and nomination forms can be Making time for others in our busy lives isn’t always an easy thing to do, says Primary Care, but you just need to take the first step.  And that first step could be as simple as smiling at someone you don’t usually acknowledge.

Having a big heart is all about thinking of others, making a difference by helping with the shopping, doing a little gardening or just having a conversation; it’s about forming relationships which are, literally, life-saving in some cases.  

The judging panel are: Natalie Emmerson (Director, Primary Care), Barry Smith (Chair, Colchester United Football Club Former Players Association), Tracy Cooke (Community Manager, The Salvation Army) and Sharon Alexander (Chief Officer, Community Voluntary Services).

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