P&O Ferries Choir to perform for annual Contact the Elderly Christmas Tea Party

8th November 2018

Volunteers from the Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay branch of Contact the Elderly will host a special Christmas Tea Party event at Herne Junior School on Sunday 2 December.

The event will feature performances from the P&O Ferries Choir, winners of BBC 2’s The Choir: Sing While You Work’ in 2013. Guests will be treated to a selection of songs from the Choir’s upcoming Christmas album, ‘Winter Wonderland’, including traditional Christmas carols and popular festive classics such as ‘Walking in the Air’ and ‘Jingle Bell Rock’.

The P&O Ferries Choir will be joined by pupils from the Herne Junior School choir singing Christmas Carols.

The Contact the Elderly group for Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay holds monthly tea parties throughout the year for elderly people who live alone and have limited opportunities for social interaction.

The group was launched by Herne Bay resident Val Prosser, a Senior Associate with Kent law firm Furley Page, who has spent her career helping elderly and vulnerable clients. Val co-ordinates a team of tea party hosts and drivers who give their time to Contact the Elderly, the only national charity that focuses solely on tackling loneliness and isolation among the over-75s.

Val said: “The annual Christmas Tea Party is a fantastic event held at Herne Junior School, which offers older people in the community a much-valued opportunity to socialise with one another and make new friends. This year we will be delighted to welcome the acclaimed P&O Ferries Choir and to again hear a performance from the pupils of Herne Junior School. The event promises to be a wonderful afternoon of music and festive joy!

“We’re anticipating that the Tea Party will be very popular again this year, but we do have some spaces available for people in the local area over age of 75 who would like to come along and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon, even if they are not members of our Contact the Elderly Group.

“This year Furley Page staff nominated Contact the Elderly as their Charity of the Year and have undertaken a variety of fund raising activities, which will pay for additional events to be held for this local group.”

Spaces at the event are limited, so anyone interested in attending, or volunteering for the Herne Bay and Whitstable Group, should contact Val Prosser, email Val Prosser at vjp@furleypage.co.uk or call her on 01227 763939.

For more information about Contact the Elderly, visit www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

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Furley Page Solicitors

Established in 1725, Furley Page Solicitors has offices in Canterbury, Chatham and Whitstable, offering legal services across wide-ranging practice areas in commercial and private client law. It is led by 15 partners and supported by nearly 150 legal staff. Furley Page is recommended by Chambers UK, Chambers HNW and The Legal 500. Furley Page is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.  Follow us on Twitter @furleypage

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people through face to face contact. Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over who are dealing with loneliness and social isolation. The tea bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.

P&O Ferries Choir

P&O Ferries were one of five organisations chosen to appear in the second series of BBC Two's ‘The Choir: Sing While You Work’. The P&O Ferries Choir was created and went on to win the series in 2013 and has since gone on to sing with TV personalities, global superstars and even perform for royalty. In 2015 the P&O Ferries Choir released its very first album ‘SHIP TO SHORE’, a choral collection that mixes Classical, Gospel, Irish Folk and Pop and includes popular pieces performed on the BBC programme. The album was recorded at St James’ Church, Paddington in early September. The choir have had a busy 2018 already and recently recorded their first Christmas CD which will be available for purchase later this year. The choir is now looking forward to a packed summer schedule as well as concerts in Calais and for The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.

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