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Elderly offered place to spend Christmas

PUBLISHED: 02:36 14 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

CHRISTMAS is a special time for everyone, not just the young.

For more than 20 years Foxhall Day Care Centre has served the needs of the elderly in Ipswich and this year it is to open its doors on Christmas Day.

CHRISTMAS is a special time for everyone, not just the young.

For more than 20 years Foxhall Day Care Centre has served the needs of the elderly in Ipswich and this year it is to open its doors on Christmas Day.

The centre hosts around about 250 elderly people every week, and offers a valuable service to all those who attend.

Visitors to the centre can have access to e-mail, eat a freshly prepared meal, play games, have their prescriptions and shopping collected, and above all, enjoy some companionship.

An independent charity, Foxhall relies heavily on volunteers for its running. Christine Shaw, Development Officer for the centre stressed the vital part that volunteers play.

"We will be open on Christmas Day, through the kindness and generosity of our volunteers, to ensure that no-one needs to be alone on this special day."

To make the day special, the centre will be organising a Christmas lunch and other seasonal treats for visitors, and are appealing for the support of the community.

"We depend upon fundraising to pay our way as it is, and Christmas presents us with additional expense. We really do need support from local people who are fundraising at work at this time of year, when most of us try to remember those less fortunate than ourselves."

Those interested in helping the centre should contact Christine Shaw on 01473 717324

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