Building society contributes to Age UK Christmas festivities

A donation from Earl Shilton Building Society is helping to fund a Christmas party for up to 70 elderly residents in the local area.

The party, which will take place at the Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland Earl Shilton Centre on Kings Walk, is being organised for local older people who are at risk of social isolation and loneliness, offering them the chance to celebrate Christmas with peers. It is being supported by Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland staff and volunteers.

Among those invited will be Earl Shilton residents with frailty and restricted mobility, learning disabilities and other conditions including dementia.

A freshly-cooked Chistmas dinner will be served, entertainment will be provided and each attendee will receive a wrapped festive gift.

Gerry Davies, from Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, said: “We are very thankful to Earl Shilton Building Society for their support and are looking forward to throwing a fantastic Christmas party for our guests.

“In addition to providing a Christmas event for older people, many of whom will spend Christmas alone, we hope to introduce more local older people to the centre and what it can offer them.

“By bringing them in for an enjoyable social event, we will be able to make them aware of the care, support, information and events available to them through Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland, which can improve their quality of later life.”

Paul Tilley, Chief Executive at Earl Shilton Building Society, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting such a worthwhile cause. Christmas is a time of year where social isolation hits even harder than usual, so this party is an important event in the calendar of those attending. It will be a memorable part of their Christmas experience this year and we’re delighted to be playing our part in making it as special as possible for them.”