Club is a lifeline for community’s elderly

Club of the Week: Contact the Elderly group at the home of Anny Gafner in Casthorpe Road, Barrowby.
Club of the Week: Contact the Elderly group at the home of Anny Gafner in Casthorpe Road, Barrowby.
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ELDERLY people have the opportunity to get out of the house and mix with others of their age as members of a “vital” group.

Held at the home of a Barrowby couple, Contact the Elderly is a lifeline for many of the people it attracts.

This is particularly the case for Marion McCormack, who had not left her home in Barrowby in the 18 months following the death of her husband.

Marion, 90, said: “They came to ask me if I would come along and I said I wuld try it. I was sorry I hadn’t gone before. It’s really turned things around for me.

“It’s lovely here. It’s marvellous that we can come with friends and play dominoes and bingo, and have a cup of tea.”

Contact the Elderly meetings are held at the home of Anny and Werner Gafner, of Casthorpe Road.

Anny, 65, decided to host the group when she was searching for something worthwhile to do in her spare time.

She said: “I didn’t want to work in a charity shop or old people’s home. I do like hostessing and baking and I just came across this charity.

“I think its work is important. It gives elderly people a bit of camaraderie, people to share their stories with and someone to listen to them really, with a cup of tea and a bit of cake.”

Anny has enlisted the help of friends to act as volunteers during the monthly get-togethers, and their help is greatly appreciated.

Member Shelley Heath, 77, of Barrowby Gate, Grantham, said: “A big thank you to the volunteers and their help in making it so enjoyable.”

l To find out more about Contact the Elderly, call 0800 716 543 or visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

The charity is also looking for volunteers and hosts. Call the above number to offer your help.