Charities hold festive parties around Oakham and Uppingham

Children from Brooke Hill Primary Academy sing at the Rutland Carers Christmas Party in Oakham, organised by Age UK. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-08-12-14-aw003 EMN-140812-160009001

Children from Brooke Hill Primary Academy sing at the Rutland Carers Christmas Party in Oakham, organised by Age UK. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-08-12-14-aw003 EMN-140812-160009001

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Charity groups helped spread Christmas cheer around Oakham and Uppingham by holding parties for elderly residents and carers.

Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland held a party for the Rutland Carers Group in the community centre next to Oakham fire station on Monday.

People who dedicate their lives to care for relatives with debilitating illnesses were invited to enjoy a lunch with their fellow carers.

And the group was given an early Christmas present by children from Brooke Hill Academy. Pupils sang carols to the carers and spent time talking to them about their work.

The idea to come to the party came after Brooke Hill pupil Harvey Mumford decided to collect for Age UK’s befrienders. Thanks to his efforts and those of his fellow pupils the Rutland Lions Club will be able to give small gifts to the befrienders this Christmas.

Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland co-ordinator Lisa Jackson said: “It was really nice. The carers loved it.”

The carers group meets once a month to give people who can’t get out and about very often the chance to socialise. A Christmas party is held every year.

Lisa thanked the pupils and the Rutland Lions Club for their efforts this Christmas.

Age Concern Uppingham held a Christmas lunch for elderly people at Uppingham town hall on Sunday. Those who came enjoyed sandwiches and cakes.

There were several special guests, including town clerk Susan Awcock and her husband, deputy mayor Alec Crombie, and the Reverend Rachel Watts. Entertainment came from DJ Steve Francis, who played the keyboard, and boys from Fircroft House at Uppingham School, who sang carols.

Age Concern Uppingham trustee Steve Knight said: “The party went very well.”