Festive Fun for the Over 65’s

January 9th 2019

There are a lot of older people facing the prospect of spending this Christmas period alone, despite wanting company. Five Lamps wanted to bring these people together and reduce the risk of social isolation, by hosting a festive lunch within South Thornaby Community Centre for the over 65’s.

The £600 funding for the event was secured in the form of successful Asda local impact grant.  Our guests were treated to a free three course Christmas lunch with games and activities provided by Thornaby Town Hall volunteers.  Asda’s Community Champion, Cath Abel, also attended the event and provided some much needed help with cooking the Christmas dinner.

20 people attended the Christmas lunch with many of them saying that if it is held again next year that they would love to return.  Rita who attended said,

“I’ve never attended anything like this before and I’m hoping to make new friends today.”

Five Lamps asked Service Users on their Home Care and Home from Hospital projects if they would like to attend the event and courtesy of local taxi driver Sagga, were given free transport to and from the event.

On leaving the event everyone was gifted with a festive hamper to take away, which included; tinned foods, confectionery items and gloves.

For more information of this event please contact Amy Baker at on 01642 608316 or amybaker@fivelamps.org.uk for further information about Five Lamps please visit; www.fivelamps.org.uk or telephone 01642 608316.

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