COMMUNITY Action Malvern will be locking one of its volunteers in a cage for the second year running to dramatise the plight of lonely older people.

Malli Wadge will be locked in the cage, built to resemble a normal living room, but with prison-style bars replacing one wall, at Malvern Retail Park on Thursday (June 4).

She will be in the cage between 10am and 3pm, with no-one allowed to talk to her, as part of Community Action's Stuck in? Get Out! campaign.

Jacci Phillips, Community Action's chief officer, said: "We know how lonely older people are in Malvern; it breaks our hearts to hear that they sometimes don’t see anyone for days on end. We know we can make a difference but we need more volunteers to do this.

"This is the second year that Community Action has used this idea to highlight how older people in our community can become isolated and lonely.

"The charity tries to help ease the problem by providing drivers to take people where they need to go. This is achieved by volunteers using their own cars as well as the charities own wheelchair adapted cars and minibuses.

Last year’s event was a huge success and culminated in Community Action winning a national award for the Stuck in? Get Out! campaign.

Anyone who would like to find out a bit more are welcome to go down to the retail park between 10am and 3pm on Thursday. If you would like to volunteer for Community Action then call 01684 892381.