Call for businesses to celebrate age

Celebrating Age: Merton’s Festival for the over-50s, is calling on local businesses to get involved and sponsor this year’s autumn event.

Local businesses now have the opportunity to sponsor the month-long celebration of opportunities available to Merton’s 40,000 residents who are over 50. Sponsors will be able to see their brand as part of a trusted, well-loved community event.

Now in its 11th year, Celebrating Age brings together around 100 voluntary, statutory and commercial organisations to run a month of dynamic activities throughout September. Last year’s Festival comprised over 150 events across the borough and was attended by 5,000 people.

Festival organiser, Sue Tickner said: “Celebrating Age showcases all that’s available to older people in and around Merton, providing a month of activities which can form the basis for a whole year of social life.”

Cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Linda Kirby said: “Celebrating Age is an important programme for our over 50s in Merton, which is why we have agreed to fund it for a further three years. We hope that through the help of local businesses, we will be able to make this year’s celebration bigger and better than ever.”

Find out more at http://www.ageuk.org.uk/merton/activities–events/celebrating-age-festival

Businesses interested in sponsoring Celebrating Age should contact: Sue Tickner on sue@ageukmerton.org.uk or telephone 020 8648 5792.

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About the London Borough of Merton

An outer London borough to the south west of the capital with a population of 200,000 residents living in 80,000 households and served by 7,500 businesses. Formed in 1965, the borough’s five main town centres are Wimbledon (taking in the Village, the Broadway and South Wimbledon), Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park and Colliers Wood.

Merton is home to the world famous All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon Championships take place every year bringing an extra 500,000 people into the borough for the tennis extravaganza.

In the 13th century, the Statutes of Merton, the basis of common law in England and seen by many as the forerunner for modern parliament, were signed here. In the 19th century Merton was a place of industry where famous names such as Arthur Liberty and William Morris based their businesses on the River Wandle. The Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson also lived in Merton.

Contacts

For further information, please contact Felix Ampofo (Press Office) on 020 8545 4093 / 07983624691 or Councillor Linda Kirby on 07946 533 374.