On Monday 20th April Contact the Elderly Founder and Chairman, Trevor Lyttleton MBE, welcomed 50 special guests to a celebratory lunch in London’s Mayfair, to mark the 50 years of the charity’s work.
The event was kindly supported by the Westminster Foundation, and among those invited were Partners, President, Patrons, Volunteers and Contact the Elderly’s 90 year old guest Maud, from the Lambeth 2 group (pictured here with Trevor Lyttleton).
In his compelling and heartfelt speech, Trevor talked about his inspiration to set the charity up in 1965, and how the organisation has flourished over the last 50 years. He highlighted the impact that the monthly tea parties have on the lives of older people, and urged guests to further support Contact the Elderly in its aims to double its delivery service over the next five years. You can read Trevor’s full speech here.
Following Contact the Elderly’s Early Day Motion, which was endorsed by more than 90 cross-party MPs, the charity has approached the three Party Leaders requesting to know their proposal to tackling the neglected million older people that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP rightly described as “a source of national shame” in October 2013.
It was with great delight, that at the eleventh hour, a statement from the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party was issued and reached the Grosvenor Office just in time for Trevor and Mary to announce the good news.
The statement began: “It is a wonderful achievement to have reached your fiftieth year and we would all like to commend you for the enormous contribution you have made in that time.
“The voluntary work you all do is an shining example of the Big Society we want to build – a society in which we take more responsibility for ourselves and our neighbours.
“So let me wish Contact the Elderly our congratulations and thanks as you celebrate your anniversary today. And here’s to many more years making such an enormous contribution to our society.”
You can read the full statement from the Prime Minister and Conservative Party here.
Posted by: Beth Young