Monthly social for older people planned for weekend

Councillors Renshaw and Mulherin with residents at the last Tingley Country Caf�
Councillors Renshaw and Mulherin with residents at the last Tingley Country Caf�

A new monthly café helping older people to socialise will run for the second time in Tingley this Saturday from 8.30am.

Councillors Karen Renshaw and Lisa Mulherin attended the first Tingley Country Café held last month at Westerton Court sheltered housing complex.

Set up by the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust, the event offers a place for older people and their families to come together, socialise and have a healthy hot meal.

One of three such café’s the Trust has set up in South Leeds, last month’s event saw over 30 people attending for breakfast and a chat. Councillors Renshaw and Mulherin were really impressed with the turnout and the dedication of the volunteers who organised the café.

The monthly café costs £2.50 per person and councillors are keen to ensure as many people as possible benefit from the fantastic service offered by the volunteers.

The Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust is a charity set up in memory of Ciaran Bingham, a young person who spent most of his spare time helping elderly people in the local area. The charity has gone from strength to strength over the past year and also hosts weekly breakfast and luncheon clubs, social events, such as a Frank Sinatra tribute, and are planning a big Easter celebration. Last year the volunteers worked round the clock to deliver over 90 Christmas dinners to local elderly residents.

Coun Renshaw said: “Lisa and I had a fantastic time at last month’s Tingley Country Café. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and the food was delicious. The Ciaran Bingham Trust does some fantastic work throughout the city and is helping to make a real difference for older people. I hope lots of people will be along to the next café this Saturday.”

Margaret Bingham, Trustee of the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust, said: “We’re thankful for Coun Renshaw and Coun Mulherin’s support promoting our new memory cafes that we hope will help more elderly people to socialise and have a hot meal in a friendly and welcoming setting.

“We hope to expand the project beyond the current three events and are looking forward to the many future events we have planned. The people we support are very grateful for the help we provide which makes us strive to work even harder to help them.”