Elderly communities in north London were given a special Valentines’ Day treat by enthusiastic Middlesex University students who put on a special afternoon tea and dance.
Some 90 local residents attended, including one as old as 104. They watched and danced to a live band playing a mixture of lounge jazz and upbeat numbers. The band even marked the birthday of two guests with a rendition of the famous happy birthday song. Attendees were then treated to an afternoon tea of Victoria sponge, scones, tea and coffee.
As part of their university course the group of six students raised funds, booked, promoted and ran the entire event, giving them valuable events management experience.
Giving Time Events, the charity set up by the London students, was created by a combined passion to provide fun and fulfilling events for those who are regularly forgotten about in times of celebration.
Organiser and Middlesex University third year BA Music & Arts Management student Jess Treadgold said: “We were so happy that it was so well attended and received – there were so many there that we had to put out extra chairs! The feedback we got was very positive, our guests said it mirrored how it used to be. There was even a spontaneous dance initiated by around 30 of the guests.”
The Mayor of Enfield, Councillor Christiana During, who was in attendance, congratulated the student organisers. She said: “They had the idea to bring senior citizens and young people together, they are bridging the gap between the young and the old and creating a cohesive community.”
The group is already planning its next event, which will focus on homeless people.
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