On Saturday 5 October small, local charity working with older people, Age UK Horsham District, hung the bunting high and threw open the doors of The Drill Hall to entertain 100 guests at their ‘Strictly Vintage’ 1940’s and 1950’s themed Evening Dance.
There was a fabulous turnout of guests of all ages dressed magnificently in vintage style outfits and the evening was spent dancing to music from the eras provided by the ‘Royal British Legion Dance Band’.
The Charity’s Business Development and Fundraising Manager, Julie Branson, said: “Our Strictly Vintage Dances get more and more popular every time, with this our ninth event! We are so pleased that our Evening Dances continue to grow in popularity, this one being our third. We hope that all our guests will return again on 21st March 2020 for live music and dancing, and to support our charity. In the meantime, we have lots of exciting events and activities planned for the next few months, in the lead up to Christmas, and I would encourage our local community to get in touch to find out more about our charity and to see how the money raised from such events is spent.”
During the evening the Horsham Business community, the Royal British Legion Dance Band and other individual local supporters were thanked for being integral to the success of these dance events.
The event, organised by the Age UK Horsham District Fundraising Team, with many Age UK Horsham District staff and volunteers providing support, was a huge success and raised £1,682 for the local charity’s work with, and for, older people in the community.
All monies raised at this event go towards funding the free services the team at Age UK Horsham District offer across the district to support local older people, such as their Visiting and Information and Advice Services.
Loneliness is one of the key issues the charity tackles – over 1 million older people in the UK say they always or often feel lonely and loneliness is fast becoming a serious public health concern, with research suggesting it can be as bad for one’s health as smoking or being morbidly obese. With a rapidly ageing population, this means more pressure on already stretched NHS and social care services.
Age UK Horsham District is committed to reducing and preventing loneliness among older people locally and their Visiting Service is just one of the ways they do this. The service matches a volunteer to a lonely older person, who then makes regular visits to offer friendship, social interaction and support.
If you would like to find out more about how Age UK Horsham District could help you or someone you know, or how you could help the charity, please contact them on 01403 260560, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
uk or visit www.ageukhorshamdistrict.org. uk
Image: Attendees having a ball at the 2019 Strictly Vintage Evening Dance