Celebrate Communi-tea week with Tetley’s Gaffer

Gaffer with Bupa's customer services director, Tracey Fletcher, and founder of baa ram ewe Verity Britton
Gaffer with Bupa's customer services director, Tracey Fletcher, and founder of baa ram ewe Verity Britton

A CITY care home is using Britain’s favourite brew to reach out to older people in the community who may be in need of a friendly face.

Bupa’s Highclere Nursing Home is taking the lead by hosting a tea party for Communi-tea Week, which runs from March 12-18. The nationwide campaign uses tea-themed social events to help tackle the problems of isolation and loneliness in older people.

With the latest research from Age UK indicating that nearly one million over 65 year olds only see close friends or family once a month or less, staff and residents are inviting older people in the community to join them for a friendly brew and enjoy some tea and entertainment on Tuesday, March 13.

Home manager, Cheryl Edwards, said: “Reaching out over a cup of tea could make a real difference to anyone feeling lonely or who may be struggling on their own, so Communi-tea Week is all about getting together over a friendly cuppa.

“Anyone who wants to come along and join us will be guaranteed a warm welcome.”

Bupa’s care homes have also teamed up with the Tetley Tea Folk to raise awareness for the week and have organised a challenge to knit or design a special ‘Communi-tea Cosy’ for Gaffer.

The winner will receive a year’s supply of tea and the winning tea cosy design will be available to purchase as a knitting pattern, with 10 per cent of the sales proceeds being donated to Age UK.

Tracey Fletcher, Bupa’s customer services director, said: “This is a great opportunity to put the kettle on, get creative and help combat loneliness and isolation facing older people.

“We want as many people as possible to get involved by either raising their mugs or creating a tea cosy that Gaffer will be proud of, and help make this year’s Communi-tea Week one to remember.”

Altogether, more than 300 care homes across the UK are hosting events for Communi-tea Week, ranging from 1950s tea dances through to tea tasting sessions. Anyone wanting to attend a Communi-tea Week event or enter the ‘Gaffer Communi-tea Cosy’ competition should call 0845 600 4622 for further information or visit www.bupa.co.uk/communi-teaweek.

Finished tea cosies or paper designs need to be submitted to Bupa by the end of Communi-tea Week for the chance to be crowned ‘Gaffer’s Communi-tea Cosy’.

Entries can either be posted to ‘Gaffer’s Tea Cosy Challenge’, Bupa Care Services, Bridge House, Outwood Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4UP, along with entrant’s name, age, address, and telephone number and/or email address, or paper designs on the template provided online can also be emailed to communi-teaweek@bupa.com