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GIVING BACK: Berkhamsted teen befriends elderly resident as part of charity campaign

 Published on: 25th December 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Berkhamsted teen has gone the extra mile to support an elderly member of the community whilst promoting a local charity along the way.

Amy Cahillane, 15, first began visiting Mabel, 94, as part of Age UK’s befrienders campaign, which was introduced back in March 2020 to help those feeling isolated.

Mabel was initially befriended by Amy’s dad John, with Amy visiting Mabel during the school holidays.

Speaking about her visits to Mabel, Amy said: “I really enjoy listening to her talk about her life experiences and she has some really good stories to tell! Mabel helped me be more adventurous than the recipes I learnt at school.

“Mabel is very organised and helps with the preparation. She shows me the tips and tricks learnt from her own baking experiences.

“It has helped me gain confidence to tackle more ambitious recipes. Firstly, we made fairy cakes and then we tackled the Victoria Sponge cake! It was so good, we made it twice.”

Mabel, like Amy, is delighted by the visits.

She said: “With health issues I rarely get out of the house these days. I enjoy the company and having a chat. It is nice to be able to share my knowledge and experiences with someone who is willing to listen. Amy is a good cook and just needs some
encouragement.

“It is nice to chat with someone who has a similar sense of humour.”

You can find out more about Age UK Dacorum, here.

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