‘Gung Hei Fat Choi’ – Chinese elderly community celebrates year of the tiger with £1,000 funding boost
17 February 2022
A charity dedicated to helping elderly members of the Chinese community in Glasgow has benefitted from a £1,000 donation from our West Scotland branch.
The Wing Hong Elderly Centre in Glasgow applied for the funding from the Persimmon Homes Community Champions scheme, which was established to provide financial support to charities, organisations and good causes in the region.
Jaime Lee from the Wing Hong Elderly Centre explained: “Our charity was created to promote equal opportunities and good health for elderly members of the Chinese community here in Glasgow, this work mainly involves helping them with accessing social, health, welfare and housing services.
“We also assist with helping to reduce isolation and loneliness, something that elderly people in all communities often suffer from particularly since the pandemic, as this goes a long way to increasing their long-term wellbeing and maintains their independence.
“Our centre offers day care provision four days a week where our members can come and meet with other Chinese people, often involving them enjoying a lunch together and taking part in a range of activities. We also work to bridge the inter-generational gap with family members of all ages.
“Like many older people in the UK, the pandemic as left some members feeling isolated and vulnerable, so we applied to Community Champions for the funds to arrange for a traditional Chinese New Year lunch for the 70 – 80 age group. Holding an event like this really lifted their spirits and means they were able to celebrate Chinese New Year of the Tiger with their friends and we would like to say a big thank you to Persimmon Homes West Scotland for this generous donation.”
Chris Logan, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Scotland, said: “We are aware of the great work the Wing Hong Centre carries out at the very heart of the community in Glasgow. Chinese New Year has become a firm calendar favourite with all sections of the community, but we know how much it means to the Chinese, particularly to those older people who have made this city their home. We are delighted to be able to help with this donation and we wish them all a very happy new year.
“We’d also encourage other charities, good causes and organisations in our region to apply to Community Champions. The online application form is very straightforward to complete, and they could easily find themselves as being next month’s beneficiary.”
To find out more or to apply for funding visit: persimmonhomes.com/community-champions