Prize-giv­ing proves age is no bar­rier

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

AGE was proven to be no bar­rier as more than 100 men and women aged over 50 in Rush­moor were pre­sented with awards for per­sonal achieve­ments.

Rush­moor Healthy Liv­ing (RHL) hosted an awards cer­e­mony at Farn­bor­ough Foot­ball Club where 160 peo­ple who have suc­ceeded in the char­ity’s Age No Bar­rier project were re­warded with medals and prizes.

Em­brac­ing the so­cial side of the project, Bri­tish and Nepalese par­tic­i­pants joined for the prize-giv­ing, which was fol­lowed by a Zumba Gold demon­stra­tion led by some of the award-win­ners and a ren­di­tion of Rivers of Baby­lon.

Three spe­cial awards were also handed out to par­tic­i­pants who had ended up mak­ing a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the run­ning of the project by lead­ing ses­sions and vol­un­teer­ing their time.

The awards were pre­sented last Wed­nes­day by Rush­moor Bor­ough Coun­cil’s Cllr Alex Craw­ford, en­vi­ron­men­tal health man­ager Colin Al­bor­ough and RHL’s Nepalese health cham­pion Ranji Ti­wali.

Cher­ry­wood ward rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cllr Clive Grat­tan also at­tended to show his sup­port.

Farn­bor­ough-based RHL sup­ports dis­ad­van­taged and vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents through­out Rush­moor and at­tempts to re­duce health and so­cial in­equal­i­ties and im­prove qual­ity of life.

The Age No Bar­rier scheme, which sup­ports those in Rush­moor ex­pe­ri­enc­ing iso­la­tion, was run us­ing cash awarded by the Big Lot­tery Fund.

Based on the Duke of Edinburgh Project for youths, it chal­lenged older par­tic­i­pants to com­plete tasks with the aim of mak­ing friends and get­ting in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties.

More than 600 tasks were com­pleted, rang­ing from sim­ple walk­ing chal­lenges and yoga to one man with de­men­tia be­ing sup­ported to reignite his pas­sion for an­gling.

Oth­ers learnt how to use com­put­ers, tablets and smart­phones to keep in touch with loved ones, took part in cro­chet­ing, sing­ing and danc­ing ses­sions and even vis­ited the Lon­don Eye.

Jim Ruddy, chief op­er­at­ing ex­ec­u­tive at RHL, said: “It just shows that with the right sup­port and en­cour­age­ment, older peo­ple can achieve any­thing they want to.

“Age No Bar­rier gives peo­ple the im­pe­tus to get out, meet new peo­ple, take an ac­tive part and be recog­nised for what they have achieved.”

SI­MON TAY­LOR

Dancers take part in the Zumba Gold demon­stra­tion at the Age No Bar­rier prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony held at Farn­bor­ough Foot­ball Club.

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