A History of our Christmas Day Party
Christmas Day is a time to celebrate the joys of the season with the ones we love. Unfortunately for some of our elderly neighbours this is not possible. On Christmas Day for over 40 years, we have shown appreciation for our elderly in the community by giving them a special Christmas Day Party.
In 1979 the Mayor of Milton Keynes held a Christmas Party at Wilton Hall for 25 elderly guests.
- As the event grew, the venue moved to Argos Head Office in 1993 and was renamed Milton Keynes Christmas Day Party for the Elderly.
- In 2006 the venue moved again, providing easier access for our guests, to the Santander Building in Shenley wood.
- In 2019 the party was held at The DoubleTree, Hilton Hotel and was another great success.
- In 2021, after a challenging 2 years, the party made a fantastic come back once again at The DoubleTree, Hilton Hotel.
We are a community organisation, a registered charity, and have amazing Volunteers who come back year after year to help give our elderly neighbours a Christmas Day to remember. With the generosity of our supporters and volunteers we are able to deliver a memorable Christmas Day to the elderly in our community; we escort them to the venue, provide refreshments, a fabulous Christmas dinner, quality entertainment, lovely gifts, fun and companionship, which is remembered long after the Christmas decorations have been put away.
We cater for approximately 100 elderly guests who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone, and we have a fantastic team of volunteers who donate their own time to ensure that our special guests have a Christmas Day to remember.
Without generous donations and sponsorship we would not be able to organise this event; we are truly thankful to everyone who contributes financially, allowing us to continue with this worthy cause.
Ruth Seabrook who has successfully managed this event for over 40 years, stepped down as the Chairperson in December 2021, but remains on the Committee. Her successor to the Chair is Rebecca Seabrook who will now lead the MKCDPE Committee working throughout the year to plan every detail of this special day.
If you are able to support us in any way, please visit the website's Fundraising page for guidance.