Kay’s special birthday tea

Kay Travis, 105
Kay Travis, 105
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Kay Travis celebrated her 105th birthday at a special tea party – with a helping hand from her regular driver.

City Taxis – newly merged with city firm Mercury – joined forces with care firm Home Instead Senior Care Barnsley and Sheffield to make sure that the Crosspool resident had a birthday to remember.

Kay’s carer of eight years, Enis Evans, flagged up Kay’s birthday to Home Instead bosses who arranged for a special trip to one of their regular Superjam tea parties, held each month to combat social isolation and loneliness in the elderly.

City Taxis arranged for long-time Mercury customer Mrs Travis’ regular driver Sarfaraz Ismail to drive her to the dance at the Holiday Inn, Barnsley, one of the sponsors of the event.

Kathy Marwick of Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club said: “We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors including MADE festival star, ‘Jam Boy’ Fraser Doherty. With numbers rising fast from 40 at the first event to 120 this week, we are looking for local businesses to pledge their support and sponsor places at the next Superjam Tea Parties. Sponsorship packages start at £25 for five places and are the perfect way of bringing laughter and friendship into people’s lives.”

Bryn Evans, MD of Home Instead, added that a recent survey by AgeUK showed over a third of our seniors often feel lonely. “Right now there are 15,000 people like Kay aged 100 or over and the steepest rise in reported loneliness is among the oldest age 80+, where roughly half the respondents report feeling a lack of companionship. We are trying to do something about that.”

To get involved in the Superjam scheme, please contact Kathy on 0114 2830827/0772 9528844 kathymarkwick@gmail.com