GALLERY: Lottery winners host tea party for Contact the Elderly
PUBLISHED: 11:31 14 December 2015 | UPDATED: 11:31 14 December 2015
Ady Kerry / Camelot
The charity tackles loneliness and isolation in the ageing population through a volunteer network
Local Lottery winners helped get the festive season underway last week by hosting a charity tea party in Bromley.
The party was held in association with Contact the Elderly, a charity that tackles loneliness and isolation in the ageing population through its volunteer network, and helped bring seasonal cheer to a number of elderly people who will be spending much of the Christmas period alone.
Among the winners hosting the event at Bromley Court Hotel were Wayne and Desiree Home from Maidstone, who told their guests the story of how their £1million win changed their lives.
Desiree said: “We had lost the family home due to financial problems which were heightened by my nine year battle with cancer and our future was looking precarious, then along came that win.
“Since then our life has changed in so many ways, not least that I’ve finally beaten the cancer.
“But while we are enjoying every moment, we know how lucky we have been, both for the win and also with my health, so we don’t take anything for granted.
“Being able to host this little tea party is a timely reminder to value the important things in life like friendship and laughter.”
Also hosting were winners Gary and Sue Ingrams from Croydon and best friends Becky Witt and Carly Wiggett from Dartford.
Cliff Rich, Contact the Elderly’s executive officer for London and the south, added: “Over two thirds of our older guests will only receive visits, other than from a carer, just once a week.
“Christmas can be a particularly lonely and isolating time so being able to enjoy this party will be a happy celebration for our older guests to fondly remember.
“It’s really important that we bring friendship into their lives and give them a chance to be listened to.”
Contact the Elderly’s 600 groups provide a regular, consistent and vital friendship link every month to over 4,800 older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone without family or friends nearby.