MP backs bid to seat the elderly

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Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills has backed a campaign to provide more seating for the elderly so they can rest mid-shop.

Mr Mills visited Lawman Gardens retirement scheme on Bonsall Lane in Alfreton, to support Anchor’s Standing Up 4 Sitting Down campaign.

Anchor is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care to older people. The MP joined residents at Lawman Gardens and manager Hilary Boyes, in the call to improve people’s access to their local shops and high street by increasing the amount of seating available to those who need it.

Hilary said: “I’m so pleased that Nigel is supporting the Standing Up 4 Sitting Down campaign as it is a big issue in this constituency.

“All too often we hear of people struggling to access their local shops and leisure facilities as much as they’d like to due to a lack of seating areas to rest in. At Anchor, we want to see older people enjoy their lives to its fullest and never have unnecessarily restricted access. We want to see an end to the loneliness felt by 800,000 older people in the UK.

“For this reason, Standing Up 4 Sitting Down is calling on retailers and high streets to do their bit to improve the lives of older people by providing adequate seating in public spaces.”

Mr Mills added: This is a great campaign and I am happy to support it. After speaking with some of the residents here at Lawman Gardens I can see the provision of seating would be of great benefit to them and the businesses of Alfreton.”