Businesses and clubs offer senior citizens advice at festive market

MORE than 100 senior citizens enjoyed a Christmas Market in Hailsham organised by the Safer Wealden Partnership.

The event was held in at the start of December at the Town Farm Estate Community Centre and the aim of the afternoon was to ensure as much information from various organisations was available to senior citizens as possible.

A variety of groups, clubs and businesses came together on the day to offer services and advice to older people across Wealden.

The stall run by Seaforth Pharmacy in Hailsham proved extremely popular, offering diabetes and blood pressure checks. The free energy saving gadgets and advice from Wealden council was also popular.

Wealden Police’s Safer Santa was busy for the duration of the event, giving out his festive crime prevention advice as well as his xmas presents.

The free raffle was a great success, with more than 30 prizes on the day all donated by local shops and businesses across Wealden.

The salvation army was as usual extremely entertaining, ensuring a festive feel with some beautifully played music.

Jamie Harwood Neighbourhood Policing team engagement officer for Wealden, who organised the event said, “The event was extremely well received by visitors and stallholders alike.

“Without the huge generosity of all businesses and agencies that donated both their time and items to the event it could not have been possible.

“Myself and my colleagues spoke to many of the residents that attended from all over Wealden, and all of them agreed that this event not only gave them a change of scenery but provided them with a place to find information that they didn’t know existed.”