Five Anchor retirement housing schemes from across Brighton and two from Worthing have received awards in recognition of the events they organise to celebrate older people.

Evelyn Glennie Court, Paddock Court, Jacqueline Du Pre Court, Old Viaduct Court, Vernon Court, Penrith Court and Guardian Court were crowned the team winners of Anchor’s International Older People’s Day Awards in an official prize giving ceremony on Wednesday 8 April.

Anchor customers and colleagues from the winning housing schemes came together for a fitness class before the awards presentation, as part of Anchor’s commitment to providing mentally and physically stimulating activities for older people.

Presenting the awards, Anchor’s Sales and Marketing Director Howard Nankivell said: “We know the people who live with us had, and continue to have, a positive impact on community life in Brighton, so all Anchor locations do something special to mark International Older People’s Day every year.

“Last year, ‘Team Brighton and Worthing’ brought together people from our rented and leasehold locations for cake sales, raffles, a tombola and even a ballroom dancing showcase, and managed to raise an incredible £650 for Contact the Elderly.”

Debbie Kirkbride MBE, Customer Engagement Advisor for Anchor, who co-ordinated Anchor’s national celebrations for last year’s events, said: “Evelyn Glennie Court really went above and beyond to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society. Their event brought together staff and customers from a number of Anchor locations together, and showed great community spirit.”

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