Social care crisis highlighted in Horsham ... by an inflatable pig

The inflatable pig will be in Horsham today to highlight the social care funding crisis
The inflatable pig will be in Horsham today to highlight the social care funding crisis

An ‘urgent need’ for more funding for social care is being highlighted in Horsham today ... with the help of Age UK’s ‘Penny the inflatable Piggy Bank.’

Penny is taking to the road across England and is due in the Carfax, near to the entrance to Swan Walk, today (Thursday September 27) from 10am to 3pm.

Sonia Mangan, Age UK Horsham district’s chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming ‘Penny’ to Horsham. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness locally of this very important campaign. We work locally, across the Horsham district and often hear stories of how the social care crisis is impacting negatively on the lives of the older people we support. Anything we can do to help raise awareness is really important.”

Age UK charity director Caroline Abrahams said: “Age UK’s new analysis shows that the numbers of older people who don’t get the care and support they need have soared to a record high of 1.4 million.

“Meanwhile, delayed discharges due to a lack of social care are costing the NHS a staggering £500 every minute.

“These numbers show theGovernment’s current approach of feeding the NHS at the same time as starving social care is simply a recipe for wasting money, and one that produces a lot of suffering and distress for many older people in need.” 

If you would like to find out more about how Age UK Horsham District could help you or someone you know or how you could help the charity, contact them on 01403 260560, email info@ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk or visit

www.ageukhorshamdistrict.org.uk.