Giv­ing one hour of your time can ex­tend your life

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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