THE Express Caring Christmas party for elderly residents of Wakefield held on Sunday at the Holiday Inn was hailed a success.
The guests enjoyed a traditional Christmas meal, Santa made a special appearance and a choir from the Wakefield Music Service sang a fabulous selection of songs and encouraged everyone to sing along.
Joyce Dainton, 87, said: “The lunch was enjoyable, the choir were exemplary, the company was good and Father Christmas did a very good job, though his ‘stomach’ had slipped a bit by the time he had leaned over a few times to kiss the ladies.
“The whole experience could not have been nicer.”
She added: “One elderly chap on my bus said he welcomed the opportunity to be out of his house for a while and said how much he had enjoyed his lunch in the company of others.”
The party was possible thanks to a number of people and organisations: the Holiday Inn hosted the event, which was paid for through generous donations from the two Wakefield Rotary clubs; Re-Connect made their buses and volunteer drivers available to ensure the guests arrived and got home safely; the cost of this was met by engineering company Joseph Rhodes; Morrisons in the Ridings provided a gift for each guest; the children and staff from the Wakefield Music Service gave their time free of charge; and Age UK Wakefield helped to coordinate the event.