A Spring In Their Steps

Young and old had fun at the local Age Concern tea dance

tea dance at Age concern


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Local charity Age Concern Chiswick held a most successful Spring Buffet Lunch and Tea Dance recently for over forty of their members and guests. The event was organised and hosted by a team of young entrepreneurs from Startup Leadership London, ably and enthusiastically led by Michael Blakeley and the team’s mentor, Steven Hess. Michael has supported the charity for several year in his former role at local internet television company, Modern Times Group.

Guests were treated to a delicious buffet lunch, and some luxurious cakes at teatime. In between the two feasts was entertainment on a grand scale: one delight after another. Some witty and cleverly drafted quizzes yielded extremely generous prizes donated by team members. Many of the guests were lured on to the dance floor by the charming and talented Anna Symes, aka Ms Tequila Slammer Anna, who led the dancing. Later, Charlie and Vei from Secret Sessions musicians serenaded everyone with some beautiful renditions of old favourites, ending with a jolly sing-song during which club members were able to teach the youngsters a thing or two.

dancing at Age Concern event

The Startup team have also most generously donated a new sound system to the club, for which the Executive Committee are extremely grateful. Jean Silva, Chairperson of the charity’s trustees, commented:
“We cannot thank the young people enough for their generosity in putting on this event for us, and for their cheerful enthusiasm and friendliness to us all. I do believe that they, too, will have benefited enormously from participating and getting to know our members. We wish them all success in their new enterprises and hope to welcome them back again very soon.

“I would urge local people, of any age, with a little time to spare to come and see us and find out how you can contribute to this very worthwhile charity seeking to combat loneliness amongst older people in Chiswick and Brentford.”

May 2, 2017

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