Bramley elders celebrate being 21…again!

Bramley Elderly Action has celebrated its 21st birthday party at a sparkling event at the Bramley Villagers community club.

The evening was full of great and poignant memories for so many of BEA’s 1,100 members. Some of them were involved from the very beginning, when a group of local people set up the organisation, initially from St Peter’s Church.

BEA honoured their contribution with a special Long Service award presented toHelenAward more than 21 people who have been volunteers for 15 years or more. Their contribution alone adds up to more than 300 years of volunteering!

Long-serving BEA volunteer and former Chair, Joan Lockett said:

‘Who’d have known all those years ago that we’d still be going today! It’s marvellous to think of the difference that BEA has made to people’s lives.’

BEA General Manager Lee Ingham said:

‘We now know that social isolation can have as negative an impact on people’s health as things like smoking! I’m proud of the contribution that BEA has made for so long to helping older people stay healthy, fit and independent for as long as possible.’

BEA members and guests celebrated with food and a singalong led by the brilliant
Meanwood Ukelele Club, including this rendition of You are my sunshine

You are my sunshine (YouTube) The birthday event was so popular that BEA had to run it twice – one in the afternoon and one in the evening, in order to accommodate everyone who wanted to come!

Stuart Quin, Chair of BEA said:

‘The turnout today is a testament to the fantastic work of BEA staff and volunteers, not just now but over the last 21 years, and to Leeds City Council forServingTea having the foresight to support us and the other Neighbourhood Network Schemes in Leeds.’

Bramley Elderly Action is an independent charity which provides opportunities and support for older people, aged 60 and over, in Bramley, Swinnow and parts of Stanningley. The organisation has 1,100 members and 150 volunteers, ranging in age from 18-98!

BEA also manages Bramley Lawn – a community social centre on Stanningley Road, with activities for people aged 60 or over and the social enterprise UpBEAt, which runs Bramley Community Shop where people can go for affordable goods and information on personal finances and other important issues.

BEA is organising a sponsored walk across the Yorkshire 3 Peaks on 26th September 2015 in order to raise funds towards the next 20 years. If you are interested in this event please contact BEA on 0113 2361644 or email info@bramleyea.org.uk.

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