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Hundreds of older people in Harrogate to receive special VE Day gift

Hundreds of older people in Harrogate to receive special VE Day gift

Published by Lisa Darvill at 2:07pm 7th May 2020. (Updated at 2:09pm 7th May 2020)

Main image: Kate Rogata from Supporting Older People receives donated sweets from Rob Whitehead of Stirrd and Serious Sweets

Despite the lockdown, a Harrogate charity is getting ready to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day tomorrow. 

  • Supporting Older People is delivering old-fashioned sweets
  • Over 200 over 65s will receive the gift 
  • The charity supports older, vulnerable people
  • The sweets will also come with a card
  • The charity's also launched a VE Day competition for children 

Supporting Older People supports vulnerable over 65s in the Harrogate District. It usually runs an at home befriending service, but is running a telephone service in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

To mark VE Day, the charity is delivering over 200 gift boxes of old-fashioned sweets to those it supports. 

The gifts will also come with a card. 

sop ve day card
This card will be enclosed with the gift

Director of Supporting Older People, Kate Rogata said: 

"I think it's incredibly important to make people feel as if somebody is thinking about them.

"They've been on their own at home now for around seven or eight weeks and time does drag. 

"So we thought it would be lovely to them to find something on their doorstop that was an individual present for them to make them feel special and remembered." 

The gifts are being delivered by around 30 volunteers. 

Kate says some of the older people they support served during the Second World War. 

They include 100-year-old Molly Todd, who served in the Women's Royal Air Force, 103-year-old John Shannon who was in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and sisters Hilary Anderson (aged 93) and Stella Hughes (aged 95). The sisters were both in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. 

The charity has also launched a VE Day competition for children. They're encouraging kids to share VE pictures and make a donation to the charity, with a prize for the best picture. 


You can find out more about the competition on the charity's Facebook page