Helping hand for Christmas shoppers

Help is on hand for older people and people with a disability in Merton with an assisted festive shopping day to Centre Court, Wimbledon on 20 November from 10.30am – 1pm.

Merton Council, in partnership with Volunteer Centre Merton and Centre Court shopping centre will have volunteers ready to assist shoppers with free transport to and from the centre and help getting around throughout the day. For a break from shopping, residents can relax with a free tea or coffee, mince pies and a chat with the Mayor, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender.

Santa’s little helpers will be ready to help, as young people from Ursuline and Ricards Lodge High Schools will be pushing wheelchairs, carrying bags and offering a friendly face throughout the day supervised by their teachers and staff from Volunteer Centre Merton. Younger pupils from Joseph Hood Primary School will be entertaining shoppers with their Christmas carols.

Following the success of last year’s event where over 50 people took part, residents can call today and book their place on the bus for all the fun and none of the fuss of Christmas shopping.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender said: “I am looking forward to getting into the Christmas spirit with all the shoppers in Wimbledon. I urge anyone interested to book their place today and take advantage of this fun day out.”

Cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Linda Kirby said: “Christmas is a time for giving, and we are working hard to make sure that people of all ages can enjoy the festive season. It’s a great day for people who need that extra little bit of help to really get into the Christmas spirit.”

For more information and to book a place on this day please call 020 8545 4782.


Press Contact:

Leoni Munslow

Communications Officer

London Borough of Merton

020 8545 4654