CUDDINGTON and Sandiway Village Hall will host a free tea party this Christmas which aims to prevent the elderly from feeling lonely.

The event has been organised by Abby-Lee Ravenscroft, who is hoping to replicate the success that it had when staged last year.

She decided to set up the tea party in memory of her nan, Betty, who left a huge hole in her family when she sadly passed away, especially for Abby’s grandad who was married to her for 77 years.

And Abby is encouraging elderly people in the area who may be feeling lonely this Christmas to come down and enjoy an afternoon of festive cheer.

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Abby with her grandad

“The idea behind the tea party is to hold a day for elderly people like my grandad who don’t get out much to socialise,” said the 27-year-old.

“All of my friends, family and even strangers got involved last year by donating gifts, time and effort, and so I have decided to hold another now that Christmas time has come again so quickly.

“Hopefully the elderly people in the community can see this, we can all get together again and they can celebrate Christmas without feeling alone.”

The event will have plenty of tea, cakes and sandwiches for people to tuck in to and each resident who comes along will be given a Christmas gift, so no one will leave empty handed.

Daniel East has also been lined up to perform a number of wartime hits to get everyone up dancing and residents can also enjoy a game of bingo.

The tea party will be completely free of charge and has been funded by Abby and her friends, who raised money by completing the Three Peaks Challenge in Yorkshire earlier this year.

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“Although the challenge was incredibly difficult, it was a huge success and we managed to raise enough to host this year’s tea party,” Abby added.

“Everyone who took part was walking for different charities, which was a really heart-warming thing to be involved in.

“We were even able to exceed our targets, so it was great to be able to donate money to Cardiac Risk in the Young, which is a charity close to my heart.”

Betty’s Tea Party will be held on Sunday, December 1 between 12pm and 3pm at Cuddington and Sandiway Village Hall.

If you would like to register interest for yourself, an older person in the community or have questions about the event and transport, contact Abby on 07534252657.