Young and old will get together for a great British knees up and gastronomic tea Jubilee Tea party for marginalized older people at Westminster Catering College.
The National Benevolent Fund for the Aged (NBFA) is organising an Afternoon Tea Party for over 80 beneficiaries to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on the 29th May.
Baroness Boothroyd and Dame Marion Roe will make a welcome speech and toast, and entertainment will be provided by the entertainers Pippa Evans, (an NBFA volunteer), Ruth Bratt and Lucy Trodd accompanied by Duncan Walsh-Atkins and Yshani Perinpanayagam on piano.
The party is being held at the Westminster Kingsway College. We have also been sent a message of support by Boris Johnson.
The Jubilee Party will provide an opportunity for isolated older people in and around London to celebrate and participate in the Queen’s Jubilee. A group of In-Pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, including one female Pensioner, will also be attending. Afternoon tea and cakes will be kindly provided by the students at Westminster Kingsway, helping us to promote interaction between the generations.
Thomas Hood, NBFA volunteer:
‘I remember the Queen’s Coronation- I stayed at Hyde Park Corner all night, and managed to be right at the front to see the procession going by. It will be amazing to be able to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee too!’
We enter 2012 with a very real and growing human problem. Since its beginnings in 1957, the NBFA has not seen a diminishment in the efforts needed to end the cycle of isolation, marginalisation and loneliness for older people. The NBFA supports older people on low incomes over the whole of Great Britain and Northern Ireland who are deprived, isolated and marginalised, targeting areas that are most in need.
Speaking on the event, Julia Robinson, Chief Executive of NBFA:
The beneficiaries that we support have been disadvantaged by individual sets of circumstances that could land at anyone’s door. We have a large amount of in-house and independent data to show the scale of the problem and research tells us that our work makes a huge, direct impact to the lives of vulnerable older people. It’s an honour for NBFA to be able to participate in such an historic occasion and for our beneficiaries, volunteers and staff to celebrate together. The party is another example of NBFA’s efforts to increase social interaction amongst older people’.
- For further information, interviews on the charity or for event attendance please contact Alex Swallow on 0207 828 0200.
- Westminster Kingsway College website
- The NBFA offers services aimed at increasing the independence of older people in the UK.
- Current services are Day Trips, Reunion Trips, free TENS Pain Relief Machines, free Emergency Alarms, and free Breaks-Away.
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