A cheque for £15,000 was presented to Contact The Elderly by Anchor at West Hall care home in West Byfleet this week. The money was raised following the release of The Anchor Community Band’s first single ‘See Yourself’.

Members of the Anchor Community Band and Contact the Elderly were joined by Legal &General, who funded the production costs of the single, for the cheque presentation held at the prestigious Redwood Suite at West Hall.

Over 350 older people formed the Anchor Community Band across the country including those at West Hall, who were involved in writing and recording the single which reached number 17 in the Official Indie Chart and number one in the Amazon download chart.

Anchor’s Chief Executive, Jane Ashcroft, said: “We are proud of The Anchor Community Band, as it celebrates the positive aspects of ageing and challenges stereotypes and misconceptions in a fun way. We are pleased the funds raised are going to a very good cause and that many older people will benefit from the work that Contact the Elderly does.”

Debra Bollan Head of Fundraising at Contact the Elderly, said: “The Anchor Community Band had a big impact for our fundraising. With the £15,000 we will be able to open three new Contact the Elderly groups, and support them for a year. We would like to thank Anchor and Legal & General for enabling us to do this.”

Contact The Elderly aims to combat the loneliness and social isolation faced by many older people aged 75 and over, who live alone. The charity organises monthly Sunday tea parties for small groups of older people in the homes of volunteers, with volunteer drivers collecting and accompanying the guests to the gatherings.

Graham Precey, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Legal & General, said: “Legal & General are very proud to have been involved with the Anchor Community Band project and the work that Contact the Elderly do to provide support for those who are elderly and live alone. It may seem very simple, but having help that means being able to meet up with friends regularly and feeling part of and involved in the local community is so very important for health and wellbeing in later life.”

West Hall is a state-of-the-art, award winning care home which has been designed to offer homely qualities whilst supporting people’s independence. All residents have access to an on-site hair and beauty salon, quiet room and library.  The central bistro and private dining room provide the perfect place for family and friends to meet and dine together with residents.

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