A BRAND new charity handpicked Epsom’s Wells Centre to receive one of its very first donations – funding a VIP vintage tea dance for more than 80 older members of the borough.
The Home Instead Senior Care Bring Joy Foundation is a national charity specially set up to bring the joy and fun back into ageing.
The Bring Joy Foundation was touched by the way The Wells Centre brings older people across Epsom and Ewell together – and wanted to help put a touch of magic and sparkle onto its agenda.
When the charity asked The Wells Centre to write on a simple message board what would make for a ‘swell time’ - a vintage tea dance came top of the list as a way to say thank you to existing centre members and to encourage new people through its doors too.
Granting The Wells Centre’s wish, the Bring Joy Foundation funded the vintage afternoon, paying for all the ingredients for The Wells Centre to cut up a fine selection of sandwiches, bake cakes and sweet treats and pour lots of pots of tea.
The VIP event, which included a dance demonstration with performers from the Surrey Jive troupe, took place on Friday 3rd October and seemed to suit guests down to a ‘tea’.
Great grandmother-of-nine, Kathleen Searle, from Epsom, who was set to celebrate her 90th birthday the next day, said: “I loved the happiness, the companionship, the dancing, our sing-song and all the tea drinking.”
Neighbours Mary Taylor and Margaret Hall from Ashtead, said: “It was fantastic to watch the dancing, everyone was lovely and smiley. It was so nice to be spoilt for the whole afternoon.”
Marie Bacchio, who lives in the Wells, added: “A beautiful afternoon with all the proper touches, we’ve all been made to feel so very special.” Her friend, Jeanie Willsher, added: “When I was a little girl my aunty took me to a tea dance, it was a special occasion then and a special occasion now.”
The borough’s Mayor and Mayoress Cllr Robert Foote and wife Rosemary called in to the tea dance for a cuppa as well as Councillors Nigel Pavey and Jean Steer.
Cllr Steer, who is Chair of the Social Committee for the borough, said: “The music, the dancing, the tea, the whole event brought great spirits and sparkle to the day.”
Sam Brocklebank and her husband Trevor founded Home Instead Senior Care UK in 2006, which provides non-medical care for older people in their own homes. They launched the charity, the Bring Joy Foundation this year, to help groups and organisations across the UK put a touch of sparkle onto the agenda by funding events or activities or rekindling favourite pastimes.
Sam added: “Getting older brings many challenges but it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. Our charity exists to fund the little things that can make a big difference to older people’s lives.
“The Wells Centre touched the heart of our charity and we felt that an afternoon of old school entertainment would be perfectly fitting for one of our very first donations.”
The VIP tea dance was planned and put together by Sally Edwards, Manager at the Wells Centre, and Paul Tame, Director of Home Instead Senior Care, Epsom and Mole Valley.
The Wells Community Centre is run by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and is open every weekday from 9am to 4pm with a host of activities available including Tai Chi, Short Mat Bowling, Beginners Bridge and Line Dancing. Hot and cold lunches are served every day for the popular over 55’s luncheon club.
For more information about The Wells Centre, call 01372 724614 or visit the website:
Other community groups and organisations across the borough can also apply for a donation from the Bring Joy Foundation by contacting Jim Bell at Home Instead Senior Care on 01925 730273.
For more information contact Diana MacCarthy at Judge & Howard on 0161 2121614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org