South Shields care home causing a stir for The Queen’s 90th birthday

Lindsay Donoghue-Flockhart hopes residents have a royal good time at the next Silver Social  get-together.
Lindsay Donoghue-Flockhart hopes residents have a royal good time at the next Silver Social get-together.

Elderly people in South Tyneside can make a royal appointment for a birthday bash that will be fit for a Queen.

Garden Hill Care Home, in St Michael’s Avenue, South Shields, will be serving up support for Queen Elizabeth’s milestone 90th birthday with a spot of tea.

We thought the Social Silver Club would be an excellent way for residents to meet new people.

Lindsay Donoghue-Flockhart

Her Majesty will be honoured at the next meeting of the Silver Social Club - a meeting place for care home residents and members of the community set up to tackle social isolation - on the day of her birth on Thursday, April 21.

A series of celebrations will be held all over the country to mark the monarch’s big day, while pub opening hours will be extended in June for her official birthday.

The High Tea in recognition of The Queen will get underway at 10.30am, with cake and refreshment in ready supply.

The event is free and older people in the community are invited to join in the fun and make new friends.

The Silver Social Club was launched last month in an effort to tackle concerns over loneliness in older generations.

Studies show that two fifths of older people, about 3.9m people in the country, say television is their main source of company, while loneliness can be as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Lindsay Donoghue-Flockhart, Home Manager at Garden Hill, said: “We thought that launching the ‘Silver Social’ would be an excellent way for residents to meet new people and also provide a great way for the elderly in our community to make new friends and socialise.”

For more information on the club, call 283 3965.