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Ruth’s Challenge: 107-year-old Ruth Saunders launches over 65s new year challenge with Fair Close centre in Newbury





As the new year approaches Fair Close Centre is encouraging residents to set themselves a goal – and go for it!

‘Ruth’s Challenge’ is an exciting way for the area’s over 65s to tick off a personal achievement and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

Ruth Sanders launches Ruth’s Challenge at Fair Close centre
Ruth Sanders launches Ruth’s Challenge at Fair Close centre

The initiative is inspired by Ruth Saunders, Newbury’s celebrated 107-year-old charity marathon walker, who raised £60,000 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance during the pandemic.

Mrs Saunders attends the in-house hairdresser at Fair Close every week and she is now encouraging everyone to take part.

“Goal setting is important at every stage of life because it gives us a sense of purpose and something to do,” the centre said. “Traditionally, setting goals is not emphasised as much for seniors as it is for younger people, but it should be.

“You can help older loved ones live happier, healthier lives by facilitating goal setting.”

Age Concern Newbury and District chief executive James Wilcox and Margo Payne, trustee of Fair Close, with Ruth Sanders at the launch of Ruth’s Challenge
Age Concern Newbury and District chief executive James Wilcox and Margo Payne, trustee of Fair Close, with Ruth Sanders at the launch of Ruth’s Challenge

The New Year challenge is for over 65s to set a personal goal to achieve something during January and February 2024.

All you need to do is register your challenge with Fair Close during that time and if you need any inspiration the centre is hosting a coffee morning at 11am on Tuesday, January 9 for people to share ideas.

The challenge is also an opportunity to support the much-loved centre by donating via The Good Exchange.

Just search for Ruth’s Challenge project 2024.

Fair Close and Age Concern, Newbury & District is raising much-needed funds to continue the work it currently does supporting senior citizens.

The centre now has significantly higher energy costs, which makes cooking the 2,500+ hot lunches every month even more expensive.

Any funds raised will help to alleviate this pressure during the current cost-of-living crisis.

The centre’s goal is for at least 107 people to take part in the challenge and everyone who does will be invited to a celebratory tea party at Fair Close in March.

To register you challenge or find out more please call Louise on 07496 587904



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