Proactive as ever, retirees from Elmbridge Village, in Surrey, have joined forces with children from local schools to raise funds for Teenage Cancer Trust, in a project led by village resident Derrick Myers.
The students often visit the villagers during the summer holidays to find out about the lives of the residents, boost charity coffers and enjoy each other’s company.
Derrick gained some experience in youth work during his time as a magistrate and enjoys spending time with the visiting children. The students equally enjoy interacting with the residents, playing games and even take the time to write down their life stories.
Derrick explained: “The youngsters come and visit us on a number of occasions, chatting to residents and using information they have gathered and talked about to write their life stories which I then turn into a booklet and sell for the charity – the latest of which is nearing completion.
We are very much enjoying the company of the students and are looking forward to future visits, when they could be playing musical instruments with the residents on their next visit.”
Over the last four years, around £1,500 has been raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust thanks to the leadership of Derrick Myers and the support of residents at Elmbridge Village.
But they’re not stopping there, in another community initiative Derrick has coordinated a 2019 calendar which is selling for £5 each to residents, with the proceeds being used to fund another calendar in 2020.
If this sounds like the type of community you’d like to be a part of, then join us at one of our many open days or call 01483 676100 for more information.