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Contact the Elderly group in Bury St Edmunds offers tea, cake and friendship




A charity which organises free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for elderly people has launched a group in Bury St Edmunds.

The Contact the Elderly group, open to those aged 75 and over who live alone, met for the first time last month.

Each guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon.

Contact the Elderly's new friendship group launched in Bury St Edmunds last month and is keen to hear from people in the area who live alone and may struggle to get out by themselves as well as volunteers to collect and accompany guests to a tea party as well as to host one occasionally at their home.
Contact the Elderly's new friendship group launched in Bury St Edmunds last month and is keen to hear from people in the area who live alone and may struggle to get out by themselves as well as volunteers to collect and accompany guests to a tea party as well as to host one occasionally at their home.

The group is welcomed by a different host each month but the drivers remain the same.

Group co-ordinator Marilyn Oakley said: “The launch party for our group was fantastic; what more could anyone want than tea, cake and lovely company?

“We can’t wait for next month so we can get to know each other even better.”

The charity is keen to hear from people in the Bury area who live alone and may struggle to get out themselves as well as volunteers to collect a guest to the tea parties or to host one.

Jonny Wood, regional development officer for Contact the Elderly, said: “Everyone seems to get a lot of fun and enjoyment out of being together at the tea parties.

“The guests obviously appreciate it and benefit from the experience, but the volunteers have just as good a time and can make a whole new circle of friends in the process.”

To get involved, call Marilyn Oakley on 07813341746 or email marilynoakley2013@yahoo.co.uk

Find out more about Contact the Elderly nationally at www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk



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