Christmas came early for over 100 of DAMHA residents who were aged 90 or over during 2019.
Each year, we hand out £25 of gift vouchers to any of its residents who become, or who are already, nonagenerians.
In 2019, DAMHA provided 125 vouchers. The Almshouse Association gives £15 and we added £10, so in total £3,125 was handed out.
Receiving his first voucher, having just turned 90 in October, was Norman Carney, who lives in one of DAMHA’s aged miners’ homes in Marsden Road, South Shields.
He said: “It’s a lovely gesture. I have always liked Marks and Sparks, so I am looking forward to buying something in time for Christmas.
Paul Mullis, Chief Executive of DAMHA, said: “We are pleased to have been able to continue this long-standing tradition of buying a small gift as our way of saying thank you to some of our oldest residents at Christmas.”