Helping hand this Christmas

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Oonagh Moulton, joined in the seasonal cheer at the borough’s annual shopping day event for older people and people with disabilities on Sunday 28 November.

In partnership with Volunteer Centre Merton and Centre Court Shopping Centre, this is the 17th 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 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 Oonagh Moulton said: ‘This was a really nice occasion with a real festive atmosphere. It is a wonderful opportunity for the community to help residents who are less mobile so they can enjoy the delights of Christmas shopping. 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 Community and Culture, Councillor Martin Whelton said: ‘This type of event is a very practical and fun way to ensure that people who have some mobility difficulties are able to enjoy the Christmas festivities and get involved in present buying and the magic this season brings