Gift vouchers worth almost £3,000 have been presented to some of DAMHA’s oldest residents.
Every year, Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association (DAMHA) presents each resident who is aged 90 and over on the 25th December with Marks and Spencer gift vouchers
The vouchers are provided by the Almshouse Association.
As the largest Almshouse charity in England, DAMHA this year presented 114 vouchers to its residents living across the North East. The Almshouse Association gives £15 and DAMHA adds £10, so in total £2,850 has been handed out to nonagenarians.
One of the residents receiving the vouchers this year was 94-year-old Annie Suddes, who lives in Esh Winning.
She said: “My daughter Kay does my shopping for me as I can’t get around as much as I used to, but I will hopefully be able to go with her now to spend my vouchers.
“It’s nice that DAMHA and the Almshouse Association think about is older residents like this; it’s a lovely thing to get just before Christmas.”
Paul Mullis, Chief Executive of DAMHA, said: “We have been doing this for a number of years now and the fact that we continue to give out so many vouchers demonstrates the longevity of our residents.”
“We hope the vouchers bring them some Christmas cheer and that they enjoy the festive season.”