Bringing Festive Cheer To Elderly Residents

20th December, 2014

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WE BROUGHT festive cheer to local elderly residents at our second annual Community Christmas Event.

Following on from the award-winning Open Kitchen in 2013, we hosted a Christmas party at the Stockton Baptist Tabernacle, which provided a festive day out for elderly people from the area who are potentially at risk of suffering from loneliness and isolation this winter.

Working with Stockton Borough Council, volunteers, local charities and voluntary organisations, everyone worked together in goodwill to help make the event happen.

Guests to the event were provided with a free meal from Matty’s Bistro, hot drinks and choir singing from St Patrick’s RC Primary School alongside Christmas card decorating with Much Ado Muffins, which got everyone in the festive mood.

Exhibitors from organisations including Age UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and Warm Homes Healthy People were also on hand to give guests life impacting support.

Karen Eve, Centre Manager of Castlegate, said: “A place to meet friends, a shelter from the bitter winter cold and a hot meal can make a huge difference in an elderly person’s life.

“This is our second Community Christmas event that we have held and I’m very proud to say that due to the tireless efforts of all volunteers we’ve had a great day. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to the local businesses who have provided us with support in the form of donations.”

Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman, attended the Christmas party and helped serve hot food and drinks to guests.

She said: “I’ve had a tremendous time today talking to guests, giving out hot food and even singing a few Christmas carols with the school choir.

“This brilliant event sees volunteers, local businesses and charities come together which not only helps older people in our community but lifts everyone’s spirits.”

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