The history of Surrey Heath Age Concern from Marjorie Saywood
I was originally asked in 1976 to represent Frimley Park Hospital Social Work Department at the Trustee meetings of what was then called the “Old People’s Welfare”- hardly politically correct these days.
The role of the organisation was to run a Day/Lunch club in Frimley Green & eventually to arrange for the building of the original Tea room in the Camberley Centre right outside the House of Fraser. A visiting service to housebound & frail elderly was also active, all of this entirely run by volunteers. The Chairman then was the Mayor of the time, Valerie Richards who had great motivating skills & persuaded Johnson Wax Ltd to provide us with a minibus which enabled those attending the lunch club to be collected, & taken for days out
Over the years gradually changes came about & under the responsibility of an excellent new chairman, Peter Putt, the link with /Age Concern developed, thus changing the name which with a few amendments continues today. Following the sudden death of the Chairman I agreed to stand in as Chair for a short while which included the changes with the Tearoom following the tenancy lease running out. Thankfully we were salvaged & with the help of the Mall & the Council the present Tearoom was built & I am happy to say the services have been gradually & professionally extended under Reverend Chris Russell (Chair) & our Administrator/Manager, Gillian Gibson despite the inevitable increased pressures of funding.
I am therefore very grateful to have been part of this organisation throughout the years & feel happy to know that the organisation, which has supported so many elderly will flourish under the enthusiasm & commitment of a number of dedicated people. So thank you for the opportunity I have had to be part of this over the past 40 years.
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