The results of the Link Age Southwark UK & Ireland-wide writing competition were celebrated this month as part of the charity’s twenty-fifth birthday party.
It was a lovely evening during which many dedicated volunteers were recognised for their ongoing commitment and support.
Author K.A. McKeagney and poet Corina Moscovich, who helped judge the competition, mingled with the charity team, prize winners and guest speakers including the Mayor of Southwark before the hilarious Jenny Éclair took to the stage to present certificates. Corina had travelled in from Luxemburg especially for the occasion.
I launched the competition back in April to raise awareness of the charity’s aims and help celebrate its milestone birthday. The themes of friendship and generations were chosen to encourage engagement with the charity’s mission of reducing isolation and loneliness in elderly people.
We were delighted to welcome the following competition winners to the stage:
In his keynote speech, Toby Williamson, Chair of Southwark Dementia Action Alliance, revealed that dementia is now the leading cause of death in the UK.
Link Age Southwark offers specialist support for people of all ages living with the disease.
The evening also marked the launch of the charity’s history brochure I co-wrote with charity Chair Katharine St John-Brooks. Katharine presented it as part of her celebratory speech, declaring:
‘Here’s to another twenty-five years of making Southwark a great borough to grow old in!’