It was party time for residents aged over 55 who celebrated at Chester & District Housing Trust’s (CDHT) sixth annual Purple Day.

Kingsway Chapel in Newton was awash with purple as more than 120 residents celebrated their annual day for older persons, which is inspired by the Jenny Joseph poem: ‘When I am an old woman I shall wear purple…’

The event was organised by the Trust’s Group of Older people living in Sheltered Housing (GOSH Enterprises), who served coffee and cakes to residents in the café area.

Free entertainment on the day included the gentle exercise of Otago, which is a set of leg muscle strengthening exercises which help to prevent falls, bingo which was called by Chester FC chairman Tony Durkin, tombola, raffle prizes, aromatherapy, nail painting, music from Dee Sign Choir and singing from ‘Cockney Carol’.

Dee Sign Choir performing at CDHTs annual Purple Day
 

Organisations offering expert advice to residents on the day included Sanctuary Housing’s lettings team; Chester FC Community Trust, who provided walking football classes for residents; the British Red Cross; the Healthy Living Centre, who provided healthy cakes; Cheshire Age UK; Deafness Support Network; Vision Support; Avenue Services and repairs advice from Sanctuary Maintenance Contractors Ltd.

Speaking after the event, CDHT resident involvement officer Maggi Dempsey, said: “Thanks to everyone who contributed to what was once again an inspirational day for all involved. It was a great day, which brought a smile to many a face – particularly those watching the walking football.

“We had some great feedback, including one lady who said: ‘I look forward to the Purple Day every year.’”

The Purple Day finished with a raffle draw, with donations kindly provided by Buildbase, Magnet, Travis Perkins and Newey & Eyre.