A charity that looks after pensioners' needs has been given a £500,000 funding boost by the lottery.

Age UK Sutton, based in St Nicholas Way, has been given the award by the Big Lottery Fund to continue and enhance its work in reachining and engaging with isolated older people.

The donation will be used to fund the charity's One Voice for Age engagement group.

The project aims to raise elderly people's awareness of and access to the services available to them and give elderly people the chance to shape the care available to them by gathering information about their needs.

Roy Prytherch, chairman of One Voice for Age Sutton, said the grant will help the project become "a hub of older people's intelligence, expertise, learning, campaigning, involvement and peer-support".

Marion Harper, chief executive of Age UK Sutton, said: "The Big Lottery Fund has recognised Sutton has significant pockets of deprivation - areas of the borough are in the 20 per cent most deprived wards in the country.

"On behalf of Roy and all our volunteers, we are overjoyed to have scooped nearly half a million pounds to improve the lives of older people in Sutton and our thanks go to the Big Lottery Fund for their support."