Wednesday, 29th July 2015
Accompanied by friends and family members, over 100 older Londoners, most members of the Caleb group, enjoyed their annual seaside trip on Saturday 18 July. In fact there were so many of them, eager to escape the heat of the city for Brighton’s sea breezes, that seven coaches were needed to pick them all up from points in south, east and north/north west London.
Caleb is the UCKG HelpCentre’s seniors’ group. Since its aims are to help over 55s to have fun as well as providing practical and thoughtful support for those in need of it, plenty of Caleb volunteers went along to ensure that everyone had a good time.
The trippers arrived in Brighton mid morning, with five hours ahead of them to enjoy the beach, go shopping, and share a restaurant meal or the picnics that some had brought with them. And by early evening everyone had returned to London, tired but happy having enjoyed a splendid day out.
Ms Taiwo Kuoriji from North London said: “I really enjoyed the trip very much. We had fun and bonded well, sharing stories and eating together. I look forward to these priceless moments all year and always make new friends on the annual Caleb trip. The weather and summer breeze was the icing on the cake.”
Tola Kadiri from Peckham, South London added: “It was such a blessed day, the weather was great; we did a lot of team bonding, taking pictures having fun and building friendships, relaxing and just having a good time out.”
Kim Powell, the UCKG HelpCentre’s Community Outreach Coordinator said: “The purpose of these yearly trips is to encourage the seniors to socialise and prevent isolation. They certainly give them something to look forward to and always result in new friendships as an excellent community spirit runs right across the group.”
Notes to editors
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.
Caleb is a special interest group of the UCKG that aims to support and assist all older people from age 55 up, and to meet the varied needs of people at different stages in their later years.
For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or direct line 020 7686 6033