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Colourful celebrations at annual Purple Day

13 October 2017
Older residents in Chester celebrated Purple Day at Lache Community Centre

It was party time for older residents in Chester as they came together to enjoy Sanctuary Housing’s ninth annual Purple Day celebration.

More than 80 people, many wearing colourful attire, gathered together at The Venue, at Lache Community Centre, to socialise and enjoy a wide variety of activities and entertainment.

Purple Day is an annual celebration for older people, held during Older People’s Month and inspired by the well-known Jenny Joseph poem ‘Warning’, which opens with the line: ‘When I am an old woman I shall wear purple…’

Guests taking part in the exercise taster session.

The event was organised by members of Sanctuary’s Group of Older People living in Sheltered Housing (GOSH Enterprises).

Guests enjoyed bingo, a quiz, an exercise taster session and performances from Senior Armchair Theatre (SAT), part of GOSH, and entertainer Paul Heath, who sang well-known hits from both past and present.

Residents tucked into tasty free refreshments including sandwiches, soup and cakes and local organisations including Age UK and Deafness Support Network were on hand to offer advice and information.

Guests at the Purple Day celebrations having their nails decorated.

Maggi Dempsey, Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, said: “Purple Day was once again truly inspirational for everyone involved and we’d like to say a big thank you to all who attended, the Sanctuary suppliers who supported the event and to the GOSH group for their hard work.

“We aim to help our residents lead happy, fulfilled lives and events like this that bring the community together have such an important part to play.”

Sanctuary resident Maureen McCulloch said she was delighted to be able to speak to experts from Deafness Support Network during the event.

Maureen commented: “I have had my ears sorted and now have a special new doorbell that I will be able to hear more easily.”

The fun-packed day also included a raffle, with residents winning prizes including hampers donated by Polyflor and Wolseley, kitchen appliances and biscuits donated by Rexel UK, vouchers and chocolates donated by Magnet Kitchens and a drill set donated by Travis Perkins.

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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