AGE UK Barnsley celebrates 45 years of serving older people across Barnsley today (September 11).

The charity, based on Eldon Street, was formerly known as Age Concern before its name change.

A number of fundraising events were planned in the near future but due to Covid-19 restrictions they have had to be put on hold - although this hasn’t stopped them supporting Barnsley’s older generation in these unprecedented times.

The services the team provides include Men in Sheds, Day Care services and the information and advice service.

Jane Holliday, Barnsley Age UK CEO, said: “It is wonderful that we have reached this milestone.

“Like everyone else the events of this year have had a major impact on us. I am so pleased that we were able to respond so quickly and help so many of Barnsley’s older people.

“We now need to look forward to ensure that we can continue to serve Barnsley in the coming years.”

As well as providing services for older people, the charity also seeks to champion the views and needs of Barnsley’s over 50s.

Alec Olsen, fundraising and community relations co-ordinator, added: “We had great plans for birthday events and a fundraising campaign to celebrate this big achievement and consolidate things for the future, sadly they’ve had to be put on hold.

“Many charities face a challenging future, ourselves included, and we will be doing our utmost to meet the changing needs of Barnsley’s older people for years to come. “Let’s hope we can make a big splash for our 50th.”

For more information about Age UK, call 776820 or visit the website.