Double celebration fit for a QueenTuesday 14 June 2016
UK and International students welcomed older people to a ‘street party’ in celebration of the Queen’s 90th Birthday and the third anniversary of the university’s partnership with charity Contact the Elderly.
The tea party, held on the Hope Park campus, was timed to coincide with thousands of people attending the Patrons Lunch for the Queen at The Mall in London.
International Students Kofi Bediako, Moyo Mwaihalo and Mohit Mahender Nahar, 3rd year student Alison Pope, who has been a tea party volunteer from the very start, were among those who welcomed the guests.
Staff and students decorated with union jack bunting and red white and blue. Guests enjoyed an afternoon tea of salmon sandwiches, a selection of homemade cakes and strawberries and cream.
The regular tea parties are part of the nationwide Contact the Elderly initiative, which is dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. The tea parties have been taking place regularly at Liverpool Hope since summer 2013, and in July last year the university presented an honorary degree to Trevor Lyttleton, the lawyer who founded the charity.
Dr Wendy Bignold, Associate Dean (International) said: “The Liverpool Hope group is a great example of Contact the Elderly’s mission to 'offer a lifeline of friendship'. The students were fantastic as always; the ladies in the group love hearing our international students talk about their home countries and the differences between UK culture and their own. For the last few months we have had support from a group of American students and for this event, our students came from Ghana, Tanzania, India and the Wirral; what a great example Hope's Mission and Values - we are truly "a community of communities".