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Contact the Elderly, the charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and isolation among older people, is hosting a tea party at Glamis Castle in Angus for elderly people on Sunday, to celebrate its 40th anniversary in Scotland.

The charity, which organises monthly Sunday tea parties for small groups of older people and volunteers within their local communities, will see the launch of its 60th group in Scotland - with The People’s Friend Kirriemuir/Forfar group hosting its first gathering for elderly guests and volunteers, against the backdrop of this historical building.

Weekly women’s magazine The People’s Friend has generously provided a donation to support the set-up of this group.

Elderly guests and volunteers of two of the other Angus groups will also join this gathering.

Contact the Elderly’s East of Scotland Development Officer, Morna O’May, said: “We are extremely excited to be celebrating our 40th anniversary here in Scotland and are looking forward to bringing our volunteers and elderly guests from Kirriemuir, Forfar, Brechin and Montrose together to mark this special occasion.

“We are committed to providing a vital lifeline for older people and hope that Big Tea Party Day will help to spread the word, so we can recruit more volunteers for this new group and in turn help a greater number of elderly people in the area.

“We are also hoping to start new groups in Monifieth/Carnoustie and Arbroath, so I urge anyone who is interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with me as soon as possible.”

Tea parties are also being held across the rest of Scotland as part of the charity’s Big Tea Party Day celebrations, which will see the charity’s some 700 Scottish volunteers and 500 elderly guests come together for a cuppa, cake and companionship.

Since Contact the Elderly was established in Scotland, the charity has supported over 3,500 older people.

Residents from Kirriemuir, Forfar, Monifieth, Carnoustie and Arbroath who are interested in volunteering for Contact the Elderly, should please get in touch with either Morna O’May, East of Scotland development officer on 01786 871264 or email morna.omay@contact-the-elderly.org.uk; orJean Malcolm, group co-ordinator, on either 01356 660238 or email jeanmalcolm@btinternet.com