Celebration Days!

Posted in: News on October 13, 2013

Two recent events have highlighted the valuable contribution that older people make to family life and thereby to society. The first event was the UK Older People’s Day on 1st October, which coincided with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The theme for the 2013 International Day was, ‘The future we want: what older persons are saying’. The event was treated, therefore, not only as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society, but also as a call for their voice to be heard. Activities to mark the day ranged from bake-offs to tea parties, belly-dancing to ten-pin-bowling, gentle exercise to skyping and the more general mastering of the use of IT.The second event, which was not so widely publicised, was Grandparents’ Day on 8th October. The purpose of this day was to create the opportunity to celebrate and honour the role of grandparents. Grandparents are important to children in so many ways. They have patience and time for their grandchildren, when parents are often busy. Grandparents have stories to tell and interesting games to play. They also love to give treats and spoil the grandchildren, which we all (young and old) need from time to time!!Personally speaking, I feel that the joy which my own grandchildren bring to me far outweighs any contribution that I make in their lives. It is such a joy to be able to be part of their lives, to see them grow and change, to hear their shrieks of laughter and to smooth away their tears. Very often my four-year- old granddaughter will say something that is like a ray of sunshine and warmth on a cold day. They bring me so much pleasure. I am truly blessed.Sue MountfordBusiness Support (HR)

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