‘OAP minister’ bid gathers pace

RETIREMENT home staff are promising pensioners a day of pampering as part of a campaign to convince the Government to appoint a minister for older people.

Any elderly locals visiting Redman King House in Meads Road will be treated to a complimentary hand massage as well as the chance to speak to representatives from a host of local agencies involved in elderly care, including Age Concern Eastbourne, the Hearing Resource Centre and Trading Standards.

And they will be encouraged to sign up to a fast-expanding petition which is lobbying David Cameron and co. to install a government minister solely responsible for looking after the interests of older people.

Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd will be at the event on Wednesday (September 28) between 10.30am and 3pm to coincide with International Older People’s Day.

The petition has already collected more than 60,000 signatures nationally and is being driven under the banner of Grey Pride.

So far, 61 MPs, including Mr Lloyd, have signed an Early Day Motion calling for a minister to be appointed.

Redman King House scheme manager Jo Louden, said everyone was looking forward to the open day.

She said, “We organised the open day as we want members of public to see the lovely community spirit at the scheme.

“I hope that people in Eastbourne, young and old, will sign our petition.”

For more information, see www.greypride.org.uk.