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Purple Day at The Parade

21 October 2015
Sanctuary Housing residents enjoying Purple Day

Dozens of fun-loving Chester residents aged 55 and over enjoyed a day of exercise and activities as part of Sanctuary Housing’s annual Purple Day celebrations.

Sanctuary Housing residents at seventh annual Purple Day in Chester

More than 150 residents attended the annual event, which is inspired by the Jenny Joseph poem ‘When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple’, and organised by Sanctuary’s Group of Older people living in Sheltered Housing (GOSH Enterprises) at the recently opened Enterprise Centre in The Parade, Blacon.

Purple Day reduces isolation and promotes community for older residents in Chester

Performer Mark Birch singing with Sanctuary Housing resident Vera Heath

Held to reduce isolation among older residents and to promote a sense of community in Sanctuary’s neighbourhoods across Chester, the event featured free entertainment, including the gentle exercise of Otago, a set of leg muscle strengthening exercises to help prevent falls, hoola-hooping, games of bingo and a raffle.

Other activities on offer at Sanctuary Housing’s Purple Day

There were also aromatherapy demonstrations and nail painting, as well as music from Dee Sign Choir and entertainer Mark Birch, who led games of Play Your Cards Right. A health bus with NHS staff offering tips to residents was also on-hand.

Sanctuary Housing residents taking part in Otago exercises at Purple Day

Partners who took part in the annual Purple Day

Organisations offering expert advice included Sanctuary Housing’s lettings team, the British Red Cross, Cheshire Age UK, West Cheshire Credit Union, Arthritis Care, Sanctuary 365, repairs information from Sanctuary Maintenance, Deafness Support Network and Avenue Services.

Sanctuary Housing resident involvement officer Maggi Dempsey, said: “Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Purple Day in Blacon, which was once again an inspirational day for all involved. It was a great day, which brought a smile to many a face.”

The fun-packed day finished with a raffle draw, with residents winning prizes including a £50 George voucher donated by Magnet, five £10 M&S vouchers donated by Rexel UK and a luxury hamper donated by Travis Perkins.