Giving one hour of your time can extend your life
VOLUNTEERING fair will advise people that they could live longer if they give an hour of their time each month.
The Buckinghamshire Volunteering Fair will be held tomorrow (Friday) at Friars Square Shopping Centre, in Aylesbury from 10am to 4pm.
The chief executive
Aof Community Impact Bucks, Nick Phillips, will be at the free event sharing insights from a study that reveals bored people are 40% more likely to die young, than those with a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Mr Phillips, said: “Volunteering is one of the best ways to step out of your comfort zone, meet new people and ignite meaning and purpose to your life. We’ve always known volunteering makes you feel good, but here’s the proof that it makes you live longer.”
The study was conducted by University College London and followed 7,000 people over 25 years. It found people with high levels of ‘tedium’ were twothirds more likely to die of heart disease or stroke.
Cardiovascular Disease is Bucks’ biggest health priority, accounting for 32% of all deaths. It is hoped the volunteer fair will increase the health and happiness of people in the area by inspiring them to engage with worthy causes.
Just one hour a month is all that is needed to transform your life.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet representatives from more than 20 charities and explore a variety of lifeenhancing volunteer experiences, from organisations such as British Red Cross, Age UK and Bucks Mind.