Each year Regent's Place Management, along with our Service Partners, organise a Christmas Party for members of the Third Age Project. The Third Age Project serves the local population who are over the age of 60, providing company and support to those who are socially isolated or suffer from a long term health condition or disability.
This year’s Christmas Party, which took place on Monday 11 December, was fully funded by British Land, for the third consecutive year in a row and organised and run on the day by the Regent’s Place team. The event has been able to grow over the last couple of years with the total number of guests now standing at 70. For many of the guests, they will be alone this Christmas, so this day is very important to them and their time to celebrate the festivities with friends and neighbours.
Throughout the day our team worked hard on tasks from cooking a full 2-course Christmas dinner (with all the trimmings) to setting up the hall and adding festive decorations. On the day the weather conditions were poor, which meant many guests found it difficult to reach the Samuel Lithgow Centre where the party was held. To combat this members of our team picked the guests up from their houses and walked them to the party, with cabs ordered to ensure they got home safely at the end of the event and a few drinks!
This year there was entertainment in the form of a talented caricature artist, My Favourite Things trio sang an array of festive and vintage tunes in perfect harmonies, the guests joined in a Christmas carol sing-a-long and the party concluded in a raffle. All of the guests were surprised when the Major of Camden, Cllr Richard Cotton turned up in very fitting attire, he commented:
“Camden is a community rooted in every corner of the globe and that wonderful diversity was reflected in the attendance at the Pensioners’ Christmas Dinner. I enjoyed meeting everybody there and I would particularly like to thank the volunteers from Regent’s Place who made it possible and Addison Lee for providing free transport on a particularly wintry day. Thanks also to the crafts class who made the beautiful table decorations. This was Camden at its best – a caring community where people look after each other.”
“Thank You for an absolutely fabulous time! It was definitely worth braving the bad weather for!” - Jean 87 years wheelchair user.
“This is my Christmas!” – Peg, 95 years old
“My Favourite Things brought back very happy memories of when I was young.” - Elaine 86 years old
“Thank you Regent’s Place for giving 70 pensioners such a very good time, and to Addison Lee for getting them there and safely home again in such appalling weather conditions”
- Urmi, Third Age Project