WI donate knee blankets to Age UK

Peter West, chairman of Melmerby Parish Council, Coun Bernard Bateman,  Olwen Swirers and Marjorie Todd of Ripon Centre WI present Lilian Hargreaves, 90, of Long Meadows with a hand crafted blanket. (1204242AM1)
Peter West, chairman of Melmerby Parish Council, Coun Bernard Bateman, Olwen Swirers and Marjorie Todd of Ripon Centre WI present Lilian Hargreaves, 90, of Long Meadows with a hand crafted blanket. (1204242AM1)

Ripon WI visited the monthly Age UK Coffee Morning at Wath to present handmade knee blankets.

Older people from Wath and Melmerby as well as residents from Ripon’s nursing homes welcomed the visitors to the event which is held on the last Tuesday of the month at Samwaies Village Hall.

Age UK North Yorkshire was also celebrating as it received its quality management ISO 9001 certificate. Alex Bird, Chief Executive of Age UK North Yorkshire said she was delighted to receive the award on behalf of all her staff and the many volunteers thoughout the area who give their time and commitment to deliver the vast range of services to the 10,000 plus older people they deal with.

Chairman of Age UK North Yorkshire County Councillor Bernard Bateman said the award was a credit to all the hard work, commitment and professionalism displayed by all the staff and volunteers working from the centres at Harrogate, Ripon and Northallerton.

Age UK Ripon hosted a special open day at Community House which gave visitors the chance to see the range of services it provides for older residents in the area. The day included displays and stalls with volunteers demonstrating activities such as Tai Chi.

Ripon centre manager Catherine Green praised her colleages and team of 60 plus volunteers for their continued commitment to the 600 older people who use their services, without whom, she said, Age UK could not be as active as they are in the Ripon Area.