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Help is at hand to live better for longer

Practical advice and support to help people live well for longer will be on offer at Fenland District Council's first Golden Age Fair of the year.


The Golden Age team will be returning to Whittlesey on Friday, March 2, when they host their latest event at the New Vision Fitness Manor Leisure Centre, from 11am to 2pm.

Now in its 15th year, the fair will once again be packed with lots of help and information to help people stay healthy and independent well into old age.

New Vision Fitness staff will be offering free health and blood pressure checks and Active Fenland will be holding free sports tasters from 12.15pm to 2pm including carpet bowls, short mat bowls, boccia, kurling and table tennis.

As usual, there will also be a chance for visitors to find out what benefits and services they are entitled to. This includes a free benefits check with the 'Fenland Ferret', a computer programme which has discovered more than £800,000 of unclaimed benefits to date.

Cllr Mike Cornwell, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for Communities, said the events are aimed at the over 60s, but friends, family members and carers of the target audience also find them incredibly useful and are more than welcome to attend.

He added: "Our Golden Age Fairs are a great way to access a whole host of advice and information to help people live better as they age, all under one roof.

"A range of partners and charities will be there to offer assistance, and there will also be an opportunity for people to have a go at a range of gentle sports activities that are held regularly in locations across the district."

Whittlesey Mayor, Cllr Ralph Butcher, urged people to attend the next event and make the most of what it has to offer.

"Please support it as with so many other areas in Fenland to cover it may be some time before the Golden Age Fair comes to Whittlesey again," he said. "I am sure your visit will be enjoyable and of course could be beneficial. Please give it a try."

Representatives from a number of other partners and charities will also be on hand during the day, including Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Alzheimer's UK, Care Network and Community, Macmillan Cancer Support, Diabetes UK, Breathe Easy, Cambsight, Age UK and the Royal British Legion.

Article added: February 27, 2018