Po­lice bring a bit of fes­tive cheer to el­derly

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - QEGS SPEECH NIGHT -

OF­FI­CERS from the Ash­bourne area Safer Neigh­bour­hood polic­ing teams hosted a Christ­mas event in the town.

El­derly res­i­dents liv­ing in Ash­bourne and the sur­round­ing vil­lages were in­vited to the Ash­bourne and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Cracker event at Chatsworth Court, in Park Road, in the run-up to Christ­mas Day.

Vis­i­tors were given ad­vice and sup­port from of­fi­cers and a se­lec­tion of other ser­vices, in­clud­ing Der­byshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, Der­byshire County Coun­cil, Der­byshire Dales Dis­trict Coun­cil, Water­loo Hous­ing, Der­byshire Core Vic­tim Ser­vices and Age UK who were also on hand to speak to the guests.

Vol­un­teers from Ready­call, a be­friend­ing ser­vice for the south­ern part of the Der­byshire Dales, and staff from the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner’s of­fice, were also there to chat with guests.

Lunch and re­fresh­ments were served dur­ing the event and this was pro­vided by He­len Nay­lor, from Up­per Crust Cater­ers, and stu­dents from Queen El­iz­a­beth’s Gram­mar School and Hill­top Pri­mary School sang Christ­mas car­ols.

The of­fi­cers also or­gan­ised a raf­fle, with prizes do­nated by shops and busi­nesses, and raised more than £130 for Safe and Sound, a char­ity ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing chil­dren and young peo­ple from sex­ual ex­ploita­tion.

PCSO Jo Dales said: “The event was set up a few years ago by PC Rachel Bag­ga­ley with the aim of bring­ing to­gether the more vul­ner­a­ble, iso­lated and lonely mem­bers of our com­mu­nity, to of­fer them a meal, fun and some com­pany, plus safety ad­vice.

“As the event has been so suc­cess­ful and well re­ceived we de­cided to or­gan­ise it again this year and we would like to thank lo­cal busi­nesses for their con­tin­ued sup­port.”

El­derly res­i­dents were in­vited to the Po­lice’s Ash­bourne and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Cracker event at Chatsworth Court.

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