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SILVER SUNDAY: Community’s older people celebrated at ‘joyous’ event in Amersham

 Published on: 17th October 2022   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, Amersham residents were able to come together for in-person celebrations for the National Day for Older People.

Known as Silver Sunday, the day aims to draw attention to the problem of loneliness among older people, celebrate their contribution to society and bring generations together.

On Sunday, October 2, 100 residents attended the event at Amersham Common Village Hall.

This year’s event was jam-packed with entertainment. There were performances from the Buckinghamshire Band of the Royal Legion, Elvis impersonator Gary Maillard and West End performer Rebecca Vere.

Councillor Mimi Harker OBE, a longstanding champion and organiser of Silver Sunday, described the atmosphere as “simply joyous”.

She said: “We have a whole army of volunteers. They all give their time and their energy and their passion so freely. People in this community are just so generous!

“Silver Sunday is the highlight of my year. I will finish tying up the loose ends, then I’ll be back out there securing funding for next year.”

Fellow volunteer and organiser, Neil Walker, said: “Whilst a lot of planning goes into the day, the way the event comes together on the day itself is truly amazing.

“We have an abundance of local volunteers who help to set up and transform the hall in no time at all, prepare beautiful cakes and biscuits, make sandwiches and help throughout the day. The pleasure on the faces of those who attend, and the gratitude for a day when they have true companionship, and an afternoon of fun and entertainment, is simply priceless!”

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