The council awards the plate each year to groups or individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to their community. There were fears the charity would have to close due to lack of funds, but a huge campaign took place before and after Christmas. It was supported by Barnstaple mayor Ian Roome and the Gazette, raising more than £30,000 to ensure it could continue for another year. Mr Roome said: "Most of the work of Age Concern is delivered through volunteers who give their time to visit and befriend older people who are not able to get out of their homes and in many cases would not be able to live independently without service." More funding is needed each year and the charity is currently in discussions with Devon County Council. Age Concern Barnstaple provides transport, home visits and support for clients and their carers. More information can be found at http:\/\/www.ageconcernbarnstaple.org.uk\/ and the opportunity to make a donation.