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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall join Help the Aged to celebrate 21 years in Northern Ireland.
Help the Aged launched a year of celebration to mark its coming of age in Northern Ireland. Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended a special event at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum to mark the Charity’s 21st birthday year.
His Royal Highness, Patron of Help the Aged, and Her Royal Highness had the opportunity to meet employees, partners and older people involved with the Charity, and to hear about its services and campaigns over the years. The event also launched a one-off birthday Impact Report charting the difference that the Charity has made to the lives of vulnerable older people in Northern Ireland since it established locally in 1986, and setting out its plans for the future.
Grace Henry, Director of Help the Aged in Northern Ireland said: “We are delighted that our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, was able to join us to celebrate this milestone in Help the Aged’s history in Northern Ireland and to learn about the impressive volume of work that the Charity has been involved in. The successes documented in our birthday Impact Report have been possible thanks to the hard-work, commitment and involvement of many people – staff team, committee members, partners and the older people who have accessed our services or campaigned with us. It was great to welcome so many of them to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum today.
“Our 21st birthday provides the perfect opportunity to look at the successes of the past but it is also a chance to look to the future. People in Northern Ireland are living, and staying fitter, for longer than ever before. This is something that should be celebrated. However, there are challenges to be addressed. The economic and social challenges of ageing societies will require creative approaches, and policy-makers need to act now to plan and implement appropriate changes to health, social and economic policies – changes that give all older people the opportunity to make the most of their extended later lives.”
REHACARE.de; Source: Help the Aged
- More about Help the Aged at: www.helptheaged.org.uk