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Time capsule planted to mark WiSE’s 20 years of success

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A time capsule has been planted to help mark a much-loved Wetherby older persons charity’s two decades of support. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) is marking 20 years of helping older people across Wetherby and its surrounding villages, with the historic capsule burial the latest part of its celebrations. The charity hopes the time capsule containing artefacts and a letter from its leader will offer future generations a window into its past. WiSE Chief Operating Officer Mark Dobson, said: “We’re incredibly proud of everything we’ve achieved in the last 20 years and thought a time capsule would be…
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West End star wows at WiSE’s 20th birthday celebrations

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Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s birthday celebrations went down with a bang when it welcomed a major West End star to perform at its biggest musical bash to date. Michael Watson- aka Franki Valli- performed hits including ‘Sherry’, ‘Dawn’ and ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’ from the Jersey Boys musical, alongside fellow members of his The Four Seasons tribute – The Jersey Rollers. Debbie, activities coordinator at WiSE said: “What an amazing night we had celebrating our 20th year. We were really excited to be bringing a West End star of this magnitude to Wetherby- and the band didn’t let…
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Ho ho ho! WiSE appeals for handmade Christmas cards to send a yuletide smile

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Wetherby’s leading older persons charity is appealing for handmade Christmas cards for its a popular postal scheme designed to reduce isolation and loneliness. Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) would like volunteers to help them ‘send a smile’ to over 60s over the festive period – and say that someone is thinking of them. This is the second Christmas card appeal for WiSE’s postal scheme, which has become so popular; the charity says it is nearing its 2,000th item of post sent. Melody Mills, Send a Smile Scheme coordinator, said: “Christmas can be a lonely time for many –…
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Wetherby widower hail’s WiSE befriending scheme’s loneliness support

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A lonely Wetherby widower has hailed the support he’s had from a charity befriending scheme, ahead of a major national awareness week. Peter Haddsley, aged 87, missed the company of his wife Christine when she sadly passed away several years ago. That prompted his granddaughter to contact the town’s leading older persons charity Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE). Peter was then matched with WiSE volunteer Mike Brannen, aged 75- and now the charity is using their story to help mark national Befriending Week (1 to 7 November). Peter said: “When my wife passed away, I wanted a bit…
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Long serving WiSE volunteer reflects on 20 year milestone

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One of Wetherby in Support of the Elderly’s (WiSE) longest serving volunteers has hailed its impact on older people’s lives, as the organisation prepares to mark its 20 year anniversary. Beryl Hughes, from Harrogate has volunteered for WiSE for 18 years. Here, she reflects on the charity’s growth to meet an increasing demand for its services- as well as the joy she has gained volunteering at its broad range of activities and events. “I started my volunteering journey with WiSE around 18 years ago, which was a result of a dear friend’s husband’s dementia diagnosis. I attended a training session…
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