Special Shopping Day In Wimbledon

Volunteers help others do their Christmas shopping

Merton's annual shopping day event for older people and those with disabilities enabled them to do their Christmas shopping at the Centre Court shopping centre in Wimbledon.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Oonagh Moulton, joined in the seasonal cheer at the event on Sunday November 28.

In partnership with Volunteer Centre Merton and Centre Court Shopping Centre, this is the 17th year running that Merton Council has invited residents with disabilities, older people and their companions to enjoy free transport to and from the Centre Court shops.

They also enjoyed mince pies, tea and coffee and listened to carol singing performed by pupils from Joseph Hood Primary School, Raynes Park.

Girls from Wimbledon's Ursuline and Ricard's Lodge high schools volunteered to be companions and to help the shoppers throughout their day.

Councillor Moulton said: "This was a really nice occasion with a real festive atmosphere. It is a wonderful opportunity for the community to help residents who are less mobile so they can enjoy the delights of Christmas shopping. I would like to thank Joseph Hood school choir for providing music, and also the girls from the Ursuline and Ricards Lodge who helped on the day."

November 30, 2010