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Tea dance brings joy to retirement scheme residents

A grant of £1,500 from the Bring Joy Foundation enabled residents of Severn Vale Housing’s retirement schemes to enjoy an afternoon tea dance at the GL3 Hub in Churchdown this week.

The Poppy Sisters perform at the tea dance Almost seventy residents from five retirement schemes gathered together to enjoy tea and cakes while being entertained with live music from the Poppy Sisters.

The grant enabled transport to be laid on so residents could be collected from various retirement schemes and returned later in the afternoon.

Severn Vale’s oldest resident, Marion Priest who is 104, attended the tea dance and was presented with some flowers.

104 year old Marion Priest She said: “I wasn’t going to come along but the scheme manager Dawn Ellis persuaded me I should and the fact that we were being picked up and dropped off afterwards swung it for me. I’ve had a lovely afternoon being entertained with the songs and the cakes were lovely”.

As well as entertainment from the Poppy Sisters, residents also got to view an exhibition of original first word war memorabilia.

World war memorabilia on display at February's tea dance The exhibition was put together by Chris Auker-Howlett, who runs an organisation called Glos 100. Ex-serviceman Chris will be promoting one hundred years since the end of the First World War at a big event in Gloucester Docks in August.

As part of his work for Glos 100, Chris will be interviewing Severn Vale elderly residents about their memories of what life was like after the war.

Severn Vale Housing’s grants and social value officer Janette Vizard put the grant application together to the Bring Joy Foundation.

 

Scheme Manager Dawn Ellis at the tea dance Tea Dance in February  World War Memorabilia Customers at the tea dance   customer at the tea dance view of the tea dance

 

 

About the Bring Joy Foundation

The Bring Joy Foundation is a new charity set up in 2014 to bring the fun and joy back into ageing. The charity has a clear vision, to fund the little things that can make a big difference to older people’s lives. Groups, organisations and charities across the UK who work with the elderly can apply for a donation to fund an event, activity or pastime that will make their members smile.

More information from www.bringjoyfoundation.org

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