As part of the recently announced partnership with Mondelez, Cadbury and Manchester United have today teamed up to promote Cadbury’s ‘donate your words’ campaign in support of Age UK.

The campaign highlights the issues of loneliness amongst Britain’s older generation. 11 ‘Guests of Honour’ stood on the iconic Old Trafford pitch and shook hands with Manchester United’s first team ahead of their match against Watford.

The Guests of Honour are all locals aged 61-87 and are dedicated Manchester United fans who have benefitted from their local Age UK charity, which help tackle issues such as loneliness.

The touching moment, which saw the guests step out in front of a crowd of 75,000 fans, serves as a reminder of the issue of loneliness which affects hundreds of thousands of older people living within Britain’s communities and aims to inspire people to ‘donate your words’  by having a conversation with an older person.

We’re proud to announce this partnership with Manchester United and to continue supporting Age UK with our ‘donate your words’ campaign.  Loneliness is such a huge problem amongst the older generation, and we are encouraging Manchester United fans and the nation at large to engage with this cause by donating their words at every opportunity to lonely older people in their communities. We are also excited to be working with Manchester United in the future on further collaborations.”

(Colin O’Toole, Associate Marketing Director at Cadbury)

Cadbury’s believe there is a glass and half of generosity and kindness in everyone. For Manchester United, a club where being part of the local community is a core value, this struck a chord.

As a result, the club is supporting Cadbury’s ‘donate your words’ campaign in a bid to encourage fans and nation to ‘donate their words’ and make a difference to the lives of older people.

The campaign comes following recent research, conducted by Cadbury and Age UK, which revealed that in a typical week, almost 2.6 million people aged 65 and over speak to three or fewer people they know, with more than 225,000 often going a week without speaking to anyone at all.

The survey found that simple, small gestures can play a part in helping to tackle loneliness as over 6 million older people claimed a few minutes of conversation would make a huge difference to their week. Older people said they would feel more confident when outside the home if someone smiles or says hello when at a bus stop or in a queue, or if someone asks how their day has gone.

“We’re pleased to start our global partnership with Cadbury by supporting their ‘donate your words’ campaign. The Club is encouraging all fans to give a few moments of their time to speak to older people around them who might welcome a thoughtful conversation. Any small gesture and interaction can play a part in helping to help tackle loneliness amongst our older generation.”

(Sean Jefferson, Director of Partnerships for Manchester United)


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