Alton Webteam: May 2015
'The Golden Years'
Recently the Alton All Saints' Hard of Hearing Group held a very successful Sponsored Walk to raise funds for The Anna Chaplain for the Elderly Fund. With just a dozen people (with an average age of eighty eight years) the walk, started by the local Town Crier, took place in Alton's Town park. With generous donations from so many people, it resulted in a cheque totalling £1293.80 which was presented by the Group Co-ordinator, Kate Dando, at the Xtra meeting in May, to a very surprised and grateful Debbie (Thrower) Thompson, who is Honorary President of the group and is the first Anna Chaplain. With now Helen and Jonathan joining the team Alton is extremely fortunate in leading this latest initiative to be of spiritual help to senior citizens approaching their 'Golden Years'.
Later in the afternoon Debbie led a short meditation and quiet time which included a look at the life of Florence Nightingale, in which it was found that she was so ahead of her time and had seen the importance not only of being healthy in body but also in mind and spirit, which is one of the main aims of the Anna Chaplaincy. There was also a beautiful reading from a poem by Samuel Johnson (1709 — 1784)
Another HoH Xtra is planned for Tuesday 14th July, with more details later
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