REQUESTS for support to Age UK Bradford District have soared by more than 300 per cent since lockdown began.

The charity revealed the figure this week as it announced a £1,000 cash boost from the British Muslim Covid-19 Fund, an emergency pot established to help UK charities – irrespective of faith – hit by the impact of the crisis.

Mark Rounding, chief executive of Age UK Bradford District, said: “We are extremely grateful to receive this funding.

“As the crisis continues we are working hard to provide information and support to some of the most isolated and vulnerable members of our community. Assistance such as this means that we are able to reach more, vulnerable older people and ensure that they are getting the help they need.

“It will make a significant contribution towards our work.”

The charity recently signed-up to the Volunteering Interfaith Programme.

Volunteers on the project help the vulnerable with food deliveries, shopping, wellbeing support and friendly phone calls.