Merton residents get into the festive spirit

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Martin Whelton, joined in the seasonal cheer at the borough’s annual shopping day event for older people and people with disabilities at the end of November.

In partnership with Volunteer Centre Merton and Centre Court Shopping Centre, this is the 15th year running that Merton Council has invited residents with disabilities, older people and their companions to enjoy free transport to and from the shops at Centre Court in Wimbledon. They also enjoyed mince pies, tea and coffee at the local Café Moka and listened to carol singing performed by pupils from Joseph Hood Primary School. Girls from Ursuline and Ricard’s Lodge high schools volunteered to be companions and to help the shoppers throughout their day.

Councillor Whelton said: “This was a great day with a very festive atmosphere and a wonderful example of helping residents who are less mobile so they can enjoy the delights of Christmas shopping. I also had a very enjoyable time at the event talking to residents, but also seeing the joy it brought to many in allowing them to buy gifts and presents for their friends and families. I would like to thank Joseph Hood school choir for providing music, and also the girls from the Ursuline and Ricards Lodge who helped on the day.”

Merton Council’s cabinet member for housing, adult care and health, Councillor Linda Scott said: ‘We are always trying to put the needs of all our residents first and this is a very practical and fun way to ensure that people who have some mobility difficulties are able to enjoy fully the Christmas festivities and get involved in present buying and the magic this season has to offer.’

If residents would like further information about this special event for future years, they should call Helle Kristjansen at Merton Council on 0208 545 3077.