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Contact the Elderly kicks off its Golden Jubilee in Liverpool

Contact the Elderly launched its momentous 50th anniversary year yesterday (Sunday 25th January), with a grand afternoon tea hosted by the Crowne Plaza Hotel, John Lennon Airport
The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Abila Pointing MBE DL, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Erica Kemp CBE and Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University, Professor Gerald Pillay FRSA DL, were among the special guests. (The top table is pictured below L-R Dr Murugesh, Jan Morris (Crowne Plaza), The High Sheriff, Mary Robinson, Shirley Leith (Business in the Community), The Lord Mayor, Neville Liddle, Clare Harris and Karen Ealey)
More than 50 people from the local community, including Contact the Elderly’s older guests, volunteers and supporters, were joined by Mary Robinson, Executive Officer North & Midlands, Gwen Lightfoot, Development Officer in Merseyside and Greater Manchester, and Claire Harris, Trustee, for an afternoon tea and celebrations generously hosted by the hotel.
Since inception in 1965, Contact the Elderly has provided a vital and regular friendship link to more than 100,000 lonely older people. Not only did the significant event mark the charity’s first Jubilee celebration, it also united three local Contact the Elderly groups – the areas first ever group in West Derby (launched in June 2009), the first University group, Liverpool Hope (in June 2013) and the first GP Group in Storrsdale (in August 2014).
Contact the Elderly’s CEO, Mary Rance, says: “This was a fantastic way to commence what is going to be a very busy and exciting year for Contact the Elderly, as we enter our 50th year of combating loneliness. It was a privilege to hold our first Jubilee event at the Crowne Plaza, Liverpool Speke Aerodrome, and we are hugely grateful to the staff for their support.”
“We know from our independent research that our tea parties make a profound difference to the lives of our older guests, with 96% saying they now have something to look forward to. But with more than two million people over 75 living alone in the UK, there is a critical need for our service. In order to meet these increasing demands, and to continue our invaluable work for at least another 50 years, we need all the support we can get during our Jubilee year.”

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