Contact the Elderly celebrates 50 years of tea parties and support

The events provide company and support for isolated older people
The events provide company and support for isolated older people

A group that hosts tea parties for isolated older people in Rugby is urging people to support the national charity behind the initiative, Contact the Elderly, as it celebrates its Golden Jubilee.

Visitors and volunteers celebrated the charity’s 50 years with a special ‘Big FifTEA’ party in Rugby on April 19.

The charity aims to relieve the acute loneliness of isolated older people aged 75 and over by organising monthly Sunday tea parties.

Marion Nash, a Contact the Elderly volunteer from Rugby said: “Every month I see the difference that the tea parties we hold here in Rugby make to local older people who are lonely and isolated. Friendships have formed between younger volunteers and older guests, who really look forward to spending an afternoon having a tea, cake and a good chat.

“Having seen the difference that our parties make to the health and happiness of older people in our community, I would urge local people to support Contact the Elderly in any way they can. We’re in need of more volunteers and donations to help us reach more isolated older people and would appreciate any support that local people or businesses can give.”

Mary Rance, chief executive officer of Contact the Elderly said: “We’re very proud to be celebrating our 50th anniversary and are extremely grateful to our incredible volunteers for making our work possible.

“Fifty years is a remarkable landmark and in addition to celebrating our achievements to date we must think about the future of loneliness. The number of isolated over-75s is growing, and there are still one million lonely older people in England, Scotland and Wales who are completely cut off from society and need our help.

“Contact the Elderly has set ambitious targets to double its service delivery over the next five years. In order to accomplish this task, we need as much public support as possible in our Golden Jubilee Year and beyond.”

For more information about Contact the Elderly, and to go to a party, call freephone 0800 716543 or visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk