A national treasure and Surrey resident, Dame Judi Dench urges people to support those who care round-the-clock for loved ones and older people living alone who are socially isolated this Christmas & beyond.

From Bond movies to the stage, sitcoms and more, not only is Dame Judi a well-respected actor, but she is a hard-working local lady with a sense of real purpose and understands the challenges vulnerable groups in society face every day which are now compounded because of Covid19.

“There are so many people on their own that need our help at this time [of year], and Crossroads Care Surrey are the people to go to. If you think you can make a donation or help in any way, please get in touch.” Dame Judi Dench

In fact, every year Dame Judi supports an annual Christmas shopping event at The Old Rectory in Bletchingley. The event usually benefits two fantastic causes, Crossroads Care Surrey and the NSPCC. This year, many charities have lost vital fundraising income because key events, just like this one have been unable to take place so when Dame Judi heard carers would lose this vital support, she offered to support them.

 “It’s truly wonderful to have Dame Judi backing carers and those most vulnerable in society. This year, we have been limited in our ability to reach more people waiting to access vital services because we have been unable to benefit from community-based fundraising or rely on our regular fundraising events to bring in the additional income. We want to  do more  for those people who need our help the most”  says Jen Sanderson, Head of Fundraising at the charity.

In a year which has seen so many unpaid carers and those most vulnerable or at-risk struggling to get the vital help and support they need, Crossroads Care Surrey have continued to provide their professional respite care for carers and those most vulnerable. The charity launched a new volunteer befriending call service and a community outreach support service which sees volunteers helping with shopping or prescriptions. Throughout 2020, living with Covid19, Crossroads Carer Support Workers have helped more than 1400 people with befriending, shopping and more.

To find out more about supporting the appeal through volunteering as a befriender or community volunteer – volunteer

To give a small donation to help carers and those most vulnerable, living alone at Christmas – donate