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Bennetts Funeral Directors of Brentwood would like to help Walk a Mile In My Shoes Day Centre promote their new daycare drop in at Brentwood Theatre

Press release

A new all-day meeting group for disabled and elderly people

Every Thursday

10am to 3.30pm

From 9 May

In Jean’s Coffee Bar – Brentwood Theatre

Providing daytime fun and support for the elderly
and those with learning disabilities

Following the launch of the new daytime coffee bar, run by volunteers, Brentwood Theatre was contacted by the Walk a Mile In My Shoes day centre in East Ham who have asked to run at the Theatre a new daycare drop in every Thursday for disabled and elderly residents.

Charging just £5 per day, visitors will be treated to arts and crafts, painting, discussions, bingo, sing alongs and card making, supported by Norah and Carol who have named the group ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’ from an Elvis Presley song.  The two ladies, who are the powerhouses behind the group, are ‘serious’ Elvis Presley fans, flying to Graceland dozens of times and fundraising to take disabled people with them to meet the Presley Family.

Theatre Administrator Mark Reed said, ‘The Council for Voluntary Services introduced the two amazing volunteers, Norah and Carol, to us who were looking for a venue for four elderly and disabled people to meet all day on a Thursday.

Initially they are going to meet here in a corner of Jean’s Coffee Bar and bring four visitors to us from Newham.  The aim is to find funding for these four people, and others as the group grows, to be able to hire the main theatre to expand daytime facilities.

In the meantime, the group are going to meet in Jean’s Coffee Bar every Thursday where facilities will be a bit limited, but it will be a start.’

Membership currently ranges from 25 to 86, and other residents in Brentwood have also expressed an interest in joining the new group. Sponsorship or funding of a hundred pounds a week would be a huge boost to both the group as it grows, and at the same time would help the Theatre too.

Norah said,’We like to have a bit of fun and to forget everyone’s disabilities.  You will hear laughter all day and we hope to attract lots of people to Brentwood Theatre where we have already been made most welcome.’

Anyone with sponsorship and fundraising ideas are asked to contact Mark Reed, Brentwood Theatre’s administrator, on 01277 230833.