Resourcing the spiritual journey of older people

Thai feast

The promise of a mouth-watering Thai banquet attracted supporters to a charity dinner in aid of The Gift of Years in Winchester. Forty-five supporters gathered at Manow Thai restaurant in the city to hear more about the practical way of supporting people in later life that is Anna Chaplaincy to Older People.

Susan Henderson at Manow Thai

Susan Henderson at Manow Thai

Fighting loneliness in old age was a key topic as Debbie explained the growth of Anna Chaplaincy, which was pioneered in Alton, Hampshire, thanks to the work of BRF’s The Gift of Years developing it nationally.

‘It’s a Hampshire success story,’ said Debbie, who spoke of the challenges of growing older, and of how socially isolated some older people can become, especially those without relatives.

Debbie’s dream is ‘to see an Anna Chaplain looking out for the interests of all older people in every reasonable sized community in the land, and that should include within the city of Winchester too!’ she said.

Manow Thai restaurateur, Shah Abdul, declared it to have been ‘a very enjoyable and memorable evening with good vibes all around the restaurant’.

Thanking all who came for their ‘magnificent support’ organiser Susan Henderson announced that the dinner had raised more than £800 for The Gift of Years.

The menu for the charity banquet dinner

The menu for the charity banquet dinner

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