Silver Sunday – celebrating the elderly


Silver Sunday is a national celebration of older people and their contribution to communities. It is held on the first Sunday in October when a number of free activities may be arranged, or people encouraged to meet their elderly neighbours.


HERO (Heart of England Retirement Organisation) decided to celebrate the day by delivering house plants to local people. We felt it important that the visitor should be known to the recipient and so all the Trustees of HERO took part in the event. 24 plants were delivered in Balsall Common, Berkswell, Meriden and nearby villages. On each occasion we were very much welcomed and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to chat. The plants were gift wrapped in silver and all looked very attractive.


One letter received after the event said:


‘Thank you so much for the cyclamen all done up with silver material and ribbon. Your visit gave me so much pleasure’’


Joseph Goodrem – aged 103

Joseph Goodrem, aged 103 years, see picture, was the oldest recipient and was delighted to have a chat with his visitor. HERO was very pleased with the way the plants were received and plans to extend the plant giving next year.


Claire Laland, Chairman HERO