It’s birthday party time for one of East Sussex’s key voluntary organisations and we’re all invited to join in the celebrations.

For the past 70 years Age UK East Sussex has been helping older people to make the most out of life and to make our county “a great place to grow older”. To mark the anniversary the charity is throwing a big party which promises a weekend of family fun for all ages.

Your East Sussex spoke to David Hannam, the charity’s Head of Fund-raising and Marketing who is busy planning the free event which will take place on the Metropole Lawns next to at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on 18 and 19 May.

He told us: “East Sussex is a great place to grow older and has one of the largest populations of over 65s in the UK. But not everyone realises how much support there is available to them. The aim of this event is to bring together all the other charities, organisations and small businesses that we work with from across the county and raise awareness of the work we do and how older people can access our services. And we’re also aiming to have a lot of fun at the same time!”

Vintage fun for everyone

Taking inspiration from the era when Age UK East Sussex was established to provide help and advice for the over 50s in the county, the Vintage Spring Fair promises to be packed full of entertainment, shopping, food and fashion. This includes live music performances by Susan St Nicholas and Nick James, a vintage fashion show, traditional children’s fairground, artisan hot food stalls and the much-loved Harvey’s Brewery horses. It will be completely free to enter.

Visitors will also be able to find out more about services that the charity offers to older people in East Sussex. This includes advice on financial issues such as social welfare benefits, how to protect themselves from becoming the victim of scams, and health services such as foot care.

All of this help is available via Age UK East Sussex’s new mobile information and advice resource centre vehicle which travels around the county of East Sussex to take the charity’s vital services to vulnerable older people in hard to reach and rural locations.

The event takes place on Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May, 10am-5pm. For more information visit the Age UK East Sussex website.