On Saturday 26 September Royal Free Charity volunteers, working with the national charity Contact the Elderly, hosted its first inter-generational tea party. 

The charity invited 25 older people from the local area to come and dine with some of our younger volunteers, who are aged between 16 and 25.

The event took place in the Royal Free Hospital chapel and was supported by the chaplaincy service. It saw musical performances from a guest vocalist, a pianist and a young volunteer who played viola for the guests.

Contact the Elderly aims to reduce loneliness and isolation among elderly people by throwing tea parties.

Elaine Donnellon, voluntary services manager, said: “The event was huge success and all the volunteers and guests had a great time.

“We hope to build on our inter-generational work in the future, as well as our partnership with Contact the Elderly.”

Image:  Volunteers and local residents at the tea party


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