Cosy Club, the newest addition to Cardiff Bay’s food and drink scene, has raised over £1,100 for older people’s support charity, Independent Age, in its opening month.
Cosy Club Mermaid Quay opened its doors in June, and for the first month, funds were raised from every coffee and burger sold to donate to the organisation.
Independent Age provide free information and advice for older people and their families on care and support, money and benefits and health and mobility, along with friendship services to relieve loneliness. They also use the knowledge and insight gained from their frontline services to challenge poor care and campaign for a fair deal for older people – including a reasonable standard of living, fair access to information and an opportunity to contribute to their communities.
Amber Wood, Managing Director for The Cosy Club, commented: “ Independent Age does wonders for older people and their families in our communities, and the money raised by those who visited us in the first month will go towards providing vital care ,support and friendship services to relieve loneliness.
“Since our opening month, Independent Age has become our national charity partner for our Free Teas for Those in Need initiative which battles to end loneliness in every generation. We encourage those that need it to pop along to The Cosy Club for a free cup of tea every Wednesday between 10am-11am.”
Matthew Wilkley, Assistant Director of Fundraising at Independent Age, added: “This is a great result and we’re very grateful for the donation. The money will allow us to help more older people stay independent and enjoy a better quality of life through our information and advice services, and through our policy campaigns to make long-term changes for older people. It could also enable us to recruit and train even more volunteers to make a regular call or visit to an older person who is lonely.
“We helped over one million people last year, and this could mean that we’ll be able to offer advice and support to even more this year. It really will make a difference to older people’s lives.
“What’s even better is that this isn’t just a one-off. We’re looking forward to repeating this success in other Cosy Club venues as they open across the UK in the coming months.”