Residents from across Rutland enjoyed a ‘spectacular’ evening watching the Sound of Music as part of the Curve Cares appeal in association with Age UK.
Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland visited Leicester’s Curve theatre with 16 Rutland residents to watch a performance of the Sound of Music on December 10.
The Curve Cares visit was part of the Curve’s Christmas Appeal, which in its third year running, invites 75 older people and their carers to the theatre for a two course meal, a performance of the Sound of Music followed by an opportunity to meet and chat with the cast.
The campaign was developed to offer a social outing with peers and carers for older people who are at risk of social isolation and loneliness.
The theatre trips which are funded by public donations, are free for the visitors along with free transport provided by Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland.
Iris Tallboys, aged 90, from Rutland was one of the guests taken to the Curve by Age UK.
Lisa Jackson, Age UK’s Development Worker arranged befriending visits for Iris and thought that the trip to the Curve would be a perfect treat for her.
Iris, who has visited the Curve once before, said: “It was such a lovely day and one which I could never have contemplated doing on my own.
“The day brought back lovely memories of a previous visit with my husband, Joe, just before he became ill.
“I’ll be spending Christmas on my own this year for the first time ever but I’ve been lucky enough to have spent a day out at the theatre with new friends.
“I can’t thank the Curve and Age UK enough for inviting me.”
A further trip from Rutland with Age UK will take place in January when the Uppingham Wellbeing Group will attend the show.
The wellbeing group cares for older people with physical frailty or mental health issues, such as dementia.
Every donation to the Christmas Curve Cares appeal counts and for just £30 the Curve can give one older person the gift of a ‘day to remember’ in the festive season.
To find out more or to donate visit www.curveonline.co.uk/curvecares.