West Norfolk Befrienders enjoyed a Platinum Jubilee tea party. Picture: Ian Burt

Clients, volunteers and trustees at West Norfolk Befriending celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a special tea party.

The event, held at Dersingham Village Centre on Tuesday, was the charity’s first event since the pandemic and clients were thrilled to be able to socialise once again.

West Norfolk Befriending chief executive Pippa May said: “We work with isolated older people who don’t go out – most of them are in their late 80s and 90s.

“It was a big step and we were delighted with the turn out and that so many were able to come and join us. 

“We have had some wonderful feedback – someone said they hadn’t been with a group of people for three years and how safe they felt at the tea party.”

Transport was provided for clients and as well as the tea party, there was entertainment from Heacham Songsters, finishing with a rendition of Sweet Caroline, followed by the National Anthem.

Mrs May added: “None of this would have been possible without all of our volunteers.”

Following the success of the tea party the charity is planning a summer party for clients.

The charity received support for the event from West Norfolk Council’s Platinum Jubilee fund, set-up to help communities to mark the historic event. 

West Norfolk Befriending aims to reduce social isolation by providing a link to the outside world, matching isolated older people with trained volunteer befrienders who will visit on a regular basis.