Business marks charity’s golden year with support for its jubilee
A TOWN’S largest employer has become the Golden Jubilee partner of Contact the Elderly.
Actuary company, Barnett Waddingham, in Chiltern Avenue, Amersham, is marking its support for the charity, which is celebrating 50 years of tackling loneliness in older people.
Through a network of volunteer hosts and drivers, the charity brings groups of isolated older people together one Sunday afternoon each month to share tea, cake and conversation.
Volunteer in Amersham, Gill Rivas, said: “I have been coordinating the Amersham group since it launched almost 10 years ago, and I can honestly say that I have become great friends with all the guests and volunteers in the group. I know that our guests find Sundays particularly lonely because everybody else is with their families, so our monthly tea meetings are really beneficial to them.”
Contact the Elderly already has a group in Amersham, but with a number of local older people on the waiting list, the charity hopes the support from Barnett Waddingham will help establish a second group in the town, find more volunteers to host tea parties and help drive them to events.
Senior Partner at Barnett Waddingham, Nick Salter, said: “We are delighted to support the charity as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee and 50 years of hosting monthly tea parties for isolated older people across the UK. As the largest employer in Amersham, Barnett Waddingham is really looking forward to working with our staff to establish supportive local groups and make a difference to older peoples’ lives in the town.”
For more information on how to volunteer with Contact the Elderly or if you want to come along to a tea party, visit: www. contact-the-elderly.org.uk or free phone 0800 716 543.