A grand day out in Gomersal

Release Date: 27-Jul-2014
The fourth annual community fun day took place at Gomersal cricket club on Thursday (24 July), attended by more than 250 people of all ages.
The stalls were a big hit

The stalls were a big hit

Matt Diskin and James Donaldson from the Bradford Bulls did a great job selling raffle tickets

Matt Diskin and James Donaldson from the Bradford Bulls did a great job selling raffle tickets

Those attending took part in a range of fun and games, including egg & spoon races, Wii games, bowling, bingo, quizzes and competitions. They were entertained by Kirklees Music School over 55s ukulele orchestra, partners of KNH, Stainclliffe line dancers and enjoyed a guest appearance by Matt Diskin and James Donaldson from the Bradford Bulls.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, there was a ‘40s theme to the day, including a programme designed by local school children, Caitlin Holroyd and Gilbert Clough, who took part in an art competition run at Gomersal St Mary’s.

The event was opened by Mr Fred Whiteley, who served his country in World War 2. Fred lives in a retirement living scheme managed by Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), which organized the day, with support from a variety of partner agencies and local businesses.

The aim of the event 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 Karina Sykes, KNH’s Older People’s Activities Coordinator, “fun and social activities for older residents are really important as they help retain and improve both physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“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 Viv Kendrick, the Cabinet member responsible for health, wellbeing and communities, said, “These kind 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.”

The fun day, which included stalls, a tombola and raffle, raised over £1400 for the older people’s support service to improve the quality of life for older citizens living in Kirklees and for two nominated charities. Barclays Bank kindly agreed to match fund £1000 of the money raised.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the day such a success, especially KNH tenant board members and older people’s champions, Jack Gannon and Terry Clapham, and of course all those who came to support the event.

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