On Wednesday, 16 November, The Prince of Wales, as Patron of Abbeyfield, held a reception in the national charity’s honour. The charity celebrated its 60th anniversary. The Prince hosted the event at St James Palace for the charity that provides the elderly with a secure home and where they can find friendship and support.
Richard Carr-Gomm founded Abbeyfield in 1956. He saw the need to help the elderly; many live alone and feel isolated within their own communities. Now there are over 500 homes and houses throughout the United Kingdom operated by staff and volunteers. His Royal Highness became the Royal Patron in 1979.
During the reception, the Prince met staff, supporters, and beneficiaries. One lucky person to meet him was 90-year-old, Winifred Spoor, who lives in an Abbeyfield home in Newcastle upon Tyne. Singer and Abbeyfield patron, Aled Jones sang happy birthday to the Prince who turned 68 on Monday and to the charity. Also during the special event, a new initiative was launched. Golden Moments is a programme that will work to counter the loneliness older people feel.
Chief Executive of Abbeyfield, Natasha Singarayer said: “It is time to generate possibilities for older people across the country which is why we have created Golden Moments.
And what could be a greater ‘Golden Moment’ for us all to treasure than hearing Aled singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to His Royal Highness and Abbeyfield?
At Abbeyfield, we champion optimism in later life, which is what Golden Moments encapsulates. It is about providing activities and events to look forward to, allowing older people to join with others to share fun, food and laughter and to try new things.”
The Prince of Wales said this during the reception, “It is one of the great examples of how elderly people can be cared for and thank goodness you’re there to do exactly that. So, Ladies and Gentlemen, many congratulations and I hope there will be many, many more years of even greater success in looking after elderly people.”