Pendle Over 50s group welcomes the Hospice

Representatives from Pendleside Hospice were invited to be guest speakers at a popular Over 50s group in Nelson who were donating £500 to the charity. 

Head of Income Generation Lisa Pearson and Community Fundraiser Leah Hutchinson attended Pendle Over 50s social group at the Ace Centre in Cross Street.

The group of between 70 and 80 people meets every other Thursday during the autumn and winter months, with a different guest speaker invited along. 

Lisa and Leah were invited along as part of the Hospice’s 30th anniversary celebrations, plus the group had a £500 donation to present.

Lisa said: “It was an absolute pleasure to come and speak to the Pendle Over 50s group – this is such an important lifeline for older people in our local area. 

“We were told that the group usually donates any leftover cash to charity at the end of the winter months but they were very keen to donate earlier this time so they’d make a contribution in our 30th year, which is such a lovely gesture.”

The Pendle Over 50s group started in the mid 1980s and was originally based at Barrowford Civic Hall. The group was founded by a group of retired teachers who played badminton together but soon realised that a social group was needed to keep the community in touch with each other, especially after retirement. 

The group was led by former Briercliffe Primary School deputy head Dudley Pickles until his death in November 2011. He is still fondly remembered at this time of year as one of the founding members of the Pendle Over 50s group. 

Leah added: “The group has around 80 regulars coming every other Thursday and it’s a brilliant way for the older members of our community to get a change of scene and catch up with friends. 

“We loved coming in to talk about the Hospice and the impact it has on so many people in our local area. We’re incredibly grateful to be chosen as the group’s charity for this year.”

The next Pendle Over 50s meeting is Thursday 29th November, 2.30pm – 4pm. The guest speaker will be talking all about Burnley’s beloved Bene’n’hot (a measure of Benedictine, hot water and a slice of lemon) and its connection to the Great War. 

Entry costs £2 and everybody is welcome.