Friday, November 4th, 2016
The Mayor of Bradford’s ‘Spread a Smile’ Appeal has, rather appropriately made a generous donation to the ‘Sing and Smile’ Golden-Oldies Charity.
Goldies, as it is more fondly known, reaches out to older lonely and isolated people through its fun daytime singing sessions. Last November, the then Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Joanne Dodds attended the first sessions and was so impressed with what she saw that she supported an application to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
Yesterday, 3rd November, Cllr Dodds presented session leader Vanessa Iliff with a cheque for £1000 (pictured) at the first birthday party which took place at Silsden Methodist Church.
Cllr Dodds said:
“It is great to see over 50 people here today and so many smiles on so many faces. Goldies is a wonderful charity and I am delighted to learn that it is developing its work with more sessions across the Bradford area planned for the future.”
With existing sessions at Silsden Methodist Church, Burley Parish Rooms and Crosshills Methodist Church, a new session in Embsay will start before Christmas with more to follow in 2017.
The birthday party was attended by Goldies founder Grenville Jones who travelled from the West Country to join in the session. He said:
“We are most grateful to the Lord Mayor’s appeal for supporting Goldies and this donation will help us to develop our work across the Bradford and Craven council areas in the months ahead. Putting more smiles on many more faces.”
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