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Age Concern Jersey Liberation Lunch at the Pomme d'Or Hotel

Liberation Lunch Saturday 9th May 2015 will mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of the 0ccupation by Nazi Germany.

To celebrate this special occasion we are delighted to announce we are inviting Islanders who were in Jersey during the Occupation to attend a Liberation Day Lunch at The POMME D'OR HOTEL commencing at 12 noon. This high profile event will be held in the Golden Apple Suite and will feature entertainment from "Swing Style" and a special performance from St Michaels Preparatory School Chamber Choir. We are fortunate to be in the hotel where so much of the activity on Liberation Day took place giving our elderly guests the opportunity to be on the spot to witness the raising of the Union Jack at 2 pm. Places for the lunch are strictly limited to 230 so we are inviting ONLY those older people living in the island who were in Jersey during the Occupation to write as soon as possible to Age Concern Jersey, Windsor House, Val Plaisant, JE2 4TA giving their name, age, date of birth, address and telephone number.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Letters should be marked 'Liberation Lunch' F.A.O Daphne Minihane or Aaron Labey. To help Age Concern give these special VIP's a great quality event we are asking individuals, schools and businesses to sponsor a " 1940's war themed dress down day" in their school, Bank or office on Friday 24th April. Cheques can be made payable to Age Concern Jersey and sent to Windsor House, Val Plaisant, JE2 4TA marked "Liberation Lunch".

FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF AGE CONCERN DAPHNE MINIHANE MBE says "10 years ago Age Concern held a very special occasion at Fort Regent for 700 older people who were in Jersey during the German Occupation. The evening was one of memories, tears, laughter, happiness and thankfulness that we had been spared to share this time together. The event, this year, will be much smaller but perhaps even more special as it could be the last big celebration of the freedom which meant so much to us and our Island. Whatever happens it must not be forgotten".

FUNDRAISING & EVENTS OFFICER OF AGE CONCERN AARON LABEY says "We are very grateful for the support Islanders have given us to date and we trust they will support us even further by helping us make this event a truly memorable occasion".

For questions on any of the above please contact Fundraising and Events Officer Aaron Labey on 758922 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Big Book Sale!

The Age Concern Jersey BIG BOOK SALE! LIBERTY WHARF SHOPPING CENTRE, UNIT 3 from 9am -- 5pm on Saturday 7th MARCH 2015.

We're celebrating WORLD BOOK DAY 2015 and Reading with a spectacular BOOK SALE!

Used and new good quality books; Crime | Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi | Fiction | Non-Fiction | and many books for children!

Kindly Sponsored by National Book Tokens, supported by Liberty Wharf Shopping Centre, In aid of Age Concern

To donate books for this sale, please contact Aaron Labey on 758922

Les Amis - 40th Anninversary Launch

The first winner of Big Brother is supporting local charity Les Amis as it celebrates 40 years of empowering Islanders with learning difficulties.

Craig Phillips, who is a patron of the UK Down's Syndrome Association, is coming to Jersey on Tuesday 17 March for Down's Syndrome Awareness Week and to launch Les Amis 40th anniversary celebrations.

The charity, which opened at Five Oaks in 1975, provides essential services to meet the needs of those with learning disabilities – including Down's Syndrome and autism - and/or associated conditions.

Originally known as Maison Variety, it now supports 80 Islanders in 30 houses and flats around the Island so they can live independent normal lives as part of the Island community. Les Amis also operates respite care for families and outreach services.

The Managing Director of Les Amis, Shaun Findlay, said: 'We are delighted that Craig is coming to launch our very special year and to help us highlight the vital work we do empowering Islanders with learning difficulties to live normal lives.

'Society's attitude towards people with learning difficulties has been radically transformed over the past 40 years from living separately in institutions to leading as normal life as possible – holding down jobs and living independently in ordinary flats and houses - supported by us, as equal members of our community.

'We hope Craig's support and the events of this year will further our long-term goal of ensuring that Islanders with learning difficulties reach their full potential in Island life.'

Mr Phillips won the first series of Big Brother in 2000. Since then he has forged a successful career as a DIY expert and television presenter. He handed over his £70,000 prize money to a fund to raise £250,000 for a heart and lung transport operation for his childhood friend, Joanne Harris who has Down's Syndrome.

Sadly, Miss Harris, who Mr Phillips called 'my special little lady', was diagnosed as not suitable for a transplant. She died in 2008.

In addition to his patronage of the Down's Syndrome Association in the UK, he works closely with a number of other charities and has raised funds by running marathons and taking part in sports events for charitable causes.

He will spend his time in Jersey at a public open day at the charity's respite home, Mourant Lodge, in Trinity and visiting residents at some of the 30 houses and flats operated by Les Amis.

Following on from Down's Awareness Week, Les Amis is celebrating its 40 anniversary with a number of events including:

• Les Amis Mastercook at Highlands College Academy of Food and Culinary Arts with Michelin Star chef Mark Jordan and Highlands Head of Catering Eileen-Buike Kelly,
• Performance at Jersey Arts Centre by the award-winning Blue Apple Theatre Company of Much Ado About Nothing, 18 May. All the actors have learning difficulties
• Downton Charity Ball at Samarès Manor on Saturday 18 July with champagne in the rose garden, entertainment and a fundraising auction and raffle
• Sponsored walk
• Christmas Carol service

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