Contact the Elderly tea parties are always full of interesting conversations, due to the vast array of fascinating stories told by our older guests who have led very rich lives.
One such guest was Mildred Gordon, who sadly passed away on 8 April and was a much-loved member of one of our Camden groups.
Gordon’s obituary was published in The Guardian, and highlighted her many great achievements.
She worked for 40 years as a classroom teacher in the east London borough she was born and raised in. She was later chosen as the Labour candidate for Bow and Poplar and elected to the House of Commons in 1987 at the age of 63.
Julia Langdon, of The Guardian, writes: ‘‘The issues she espoused included children’s rights, the need to recognise domestic carers, the extension of the law against rape in marriage to cover both men and women, the prevention of obscene and nuisance phone calls, public speaking in schools and recognition for civilian casualties in the second world war.’’
On retiring, Gordon was active in a number of pensions organisations and was made a freeman of Tower Hamlets in 1999.
If you know any older people who love to share stories and would benefit from joining a tea party group, you can refer them here.