Busi­ness marks char­ity’s golden year with sup­port for its ju­bilee

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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