St Albans charity for older people celebrates 60 years

PUBLISHED: 19:30 15 June 2016

Staff, Residents and VIPs at Service of Thanksgiving, Abbeyfield  60th Anniversary, St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, England Thursday 2 June 2016.  (c) Ian Nancollas | Ian Nancollas Photography

Staff, Residents and VIPs at Service of Thanksgiving, Abbeyfield 60th Anniversary, St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, England Thursday 2 June 2016. (c) Ian Nancollas | Ian Nancollas Photography

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A St Albans-based charity has celebrated helping and caring for older people in specialised homes for 60 years.

Staff, Residents and VIPs at Service of Thanksgiving, Abbeyfield  60th Anniversary, St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, England Thursday 2 June 2016.  (c) Ian Nancollas | Ian Nancollas PhotographyStaff, Residents and VIPs at Service of Thanksgiving, Abbeyfield 60th Anniversary, St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, England Thursday 2 June 2016. (c) Ian Nancollas | Ian Nancollas Photography

The Abbeyfield Society provides housing, dementia facilities and independent living for those in need.

They held a special thanksgiving service at St Albans Cathedral to commemorate their anniversary.

The Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Frances Leonard and the society’s chairman Ian Plaistowe attended and trustee Revd Dr Stephen Venner conducted the service.

Cllr Leonard said: “St Albans can be very proud that such a great charity is based in this city.

Staff, Residents and VIPs at Service of Thanksgiving, Abbeyfield  60th Anniversary, St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, England Thursday 2 June 2016.  (c) Ian Nancollas | Ian Nancollas PhotographyStaff, Residents and VIPs at Service of Thanksgiving, Abbeyfield 60th Anniversary, St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, England Thursday 2 June 2016. (c) Ian Nancollas | Ian Nancollas Photography

“It not only works tirelessly to help older people in St Albans but in towns up and down the country.

“The organisation is a true champion for older people.”

More than 500 homes, 4,000 volunteers, and 8,000 older people help the charity to carry on its work.

Chief executive Natasha Singarayer added: “All our staff in St Albans and in our homes across the country have worked so hard over the last 60 years to make lives better for older people in our care.

“We were delighted with how our Abbeyfield service went yesterday and St Albans Cathedral was the perfect place to give thanks to the work of our wonderful organisation.

“We were thrilled to see so many of our residents, volunteers and members of staff at our celebration and enjoyed welcoming the Mayor of St Albans into the Abbeyfield family.”

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