Two out of five people over the age of 60 do voluntary work, a survey has suggested. A fifth of those questioned helped at least two charities. Women were more likely to support children or lunch clubs while men volunteered at local football clubs or health charities. Almost 700 over-60s were questioned by the Royal Voluntary Service who found that most - 83% - did so because they believed charity work was important. Nearly half of those questioned said they chose to volunteer because they needed to feel their life had a purpose - and 3% said they needed time away from their partners.