MORE than 1,000 people went to a fair hosted by an MP to tackle loneliness.
Havant MP Alan Mak organised his first Older Persons’ Information Fair on Hayling Island.
The event hosted a range of organisations, charities, agencies and businesses that support senior citizens in the area and aim to get them out and about.
Mr Mak hailed the event as an overwhelming success.
He said: ‘The huge turnout shows how many people want to find out more about the excellent services for older people in Havant.
‘I hope residents will have been able to join new groups and find out more information about what can be provided in the community.
I hope residents will have been able to join new groups and find out more information about what can be provided in the communityAlan Mak
‘One of the big highlights of the event for me is to meet so many residents who care deeply about the community.
‘Thank you to everyone that came and made it such a success.’
There were more than 35 exhibitors at Hayling Island Community Centre, including community groups such as the U3A, Rotary and Men’s Shed, along with Hampshire County Council, the NHS and Hampshire police.
A number of charities that support older people were also invited along, including, Age UK, Diabetes Society and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Duncan Cameron, owner of Right at Home Havant, said he was impressed with the turnout.
‘I would like to thank Alan for organising such a fabulous event and what an amazing turnout,’ he said.
‘It’s just the sort of thing that the island and the surrounding area needed.’
Cllr Andy Lenaghan, who represents Hayling West, added: ‘It was great to see so many Hayling residents at the event and well done to Alan for organising a superb event. I enjoyed seeing such a range of exhibitors and businesses that support older people.’
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