12 July 2013 #Clarkslegal
Clarkslegal held its second tea party for the local elderly community at the Forbury Gardens in Reading on Sunday.
The afternoon was organised as part of the firm’s bid to support its nominated charity Contact the Elderly in as many ways as possible throughout the year. Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people, and the tea parties are organised for people over 75 who live with little or no social support.
To take advantage of the glorious weather, guests were treated to afternoon tea in Forbury Gardens alongside volunteers from Clarkslegal’s Reading office, whilst a brass band played in the band stand.
Suzan Hyland, National Volunteer Support Officer for the charity, said, “The two Contact the Elderly Reading groups had a wonderful afternoon out on Sunday hosted by the Clarkslegal staff. It was a rare treat to be outside and to listen to the band and the elderly really enjoyed the outing.”
Blind guest Pam (aged 87) said, "We had a lovely time. The lady next to me thought that she would be the eldest but she was only 82. We sat in the shade and enjoyed the music from the bandstand. It really was a very nice time.”
Stephen James, who is a Partner at Clarkslegal and Head of the Charity Committee at the firm, added: “It is a privilege to be working with Contact the Elderly during our Centenary year. To mark the Centenary we continue to give 100 days of staff time to support good causes in the local area, which so far has been very well received by both members of the community and Clarkslegal staff who thoroughly enjoy the opportunity.”
If you are interested in hosting a tea party on behalf of Contact the Elderly, please do not hesitate to contact Clarkslegal or visit the charity website at www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk.