Christmas comes early for our older tenants

Release Date: 09-Dec-2015

Older tenants from across Kirklees have been getting into the Christmas spirit at a special event organized by our older people's team.
The party was a great way to meet new people

The party was a great way to meet new people

Santa and one of his elves

Santa and one of his elves

Around 160 tenants and residents attended the event at Northfield Hall in Deighton, where they were entertained by 60s act, Marina McKenna and a ukulele orchestra made up of tenants from Brooklands and Belmont Grange retirement living schemes, along with children from St Thomas School in Bradley. Everyone also joined in singing Christmas songs and carols.

Santa and his elves managed to find time for a visit and distributed gifts to everyone, helped by residents of Walker Street in Dewsbury, who wrapped 180 presents for the event.

In the run up to the day, tenants and residents also made table decorations, Christmas cards, and baubles. Children from Ashbrow School also worked with KNH’s community growing team to make Christmas wreaths.

According to Santa, KNH Tenant Board Member, Terry Clapham, “It was lovely to see so many happy smiling faces and I’d like to thank everyone who helped make it such a great day, especially my two elves!”

Dorothy Buckley, from Denham Court in Batley, had an extra reason to celebrate: “It was great company and the entertainment was lovely. Everyone also wished me happy birthday, which was fantastic and quite overwhelming.”

According to Karina Sykes, KNH’s older people’s activities coordinator, the aim of the event was to bring different groups together to share in a festive celebration afternoon of fun, laughter.

She said, “Events like these play a really important role in bringing people together, helping them make new friends and making a real difference to how they feel.”