'Granny Olympics' a great success

Release Date: 18-Sep-2013
The third annual Granny Olympics have just taken place at Gomersal cricket club, attended by more than 100 people, including children.
Board member Jack Gannon presents the team award to Denise Humble and Dorothy Skyes from Lynroyd

Board member Jack Gannon presents the team award to Denise Humble and Dorothy Skyes from Lynroyd

Among the competitors were over 50 older residents from several Kirklees retirement living schemes, including Sykes Fold Grange, Brooklyn Grange, Church Grange (Cleckheaton) Lynroyd (Linthwaite), Denham Court (Batley), Belmont Grange (Liversedge), Walker Street (Dewsbury) and Kings Court (Birstall).

The event was also attended by the Mayor, Cllr Marytyn Bolt as well as representatives from Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, which manages the retirement schemes, Kirklees Active Leisure, local businesses, Kirklees Federation of Tenants & Residents Associations, and several community groups.

Activities included welly wanging, skittles, basketball and egg and spoon races, which were organized by a young people’s group from Netherton, Community Recreation.

The overall winner was the team from Lynroyd in Linthwaite. Speaking on their behalf, scheme coordinator Denise Humble said: “it was lovely to see so many people of different ages getting together and having a great time. Everyone really enjoyed themselves, and bringing home the cup was the icing on the cake – we’re all thrilled to have won!”

The aim of the day was to encourage older people to stay active and to bring different age groups together to break down the sense of isolation that older people sometimes feel.

According to Elaine Beresford, KNH’s Older People’s Team Manager, “Fun, social activities for older residents are really important as they help retain and improve both physical and mental health and well being.

“We’ll be organising many more activities and events over the coming months and would encourage residents to take part – they’ll feel a lot better for doing so.”

Cllr Molly Walton, the Cabinet member responsible for health, wellbeing and communities, said, “These kinds of events are an excellent way of improving older people’s health and wellbeing and helping them live life to the full, which are key priorities for the council.

“I was particularly glad to see the Steve Knight and the young people from my ward of Netherton there – a good example of young and old enjoying themselves together.”

The event, which included stalls, a tombola and raffle, raised over £700 for the older people’s mini bus fund. Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the day such a success.