Older residents of Fairlight and surrounding areas will benefit from a £1,000 grant from a trust created by the late Edna Johnson, a longstanding client of Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors.
The Marsham Older People’s Project (MOPP), the beneficiary of the bequest, is a registered charity that runs a centre for older residents of Fairlight, Pett, Pett Level, Three Oaks and Guestling. The centre offers information and advice on health along with podiatry and other health services.
MOPP’s ethos is that a day away from home can offer many benefits to frail older people, providing stimulation in the company of others as well as the chance to eat together. The centre also helps carers by offering them the chance to have some time for themselves.
Last week, Gaby Hardwicke Private Client Services Partner Richard Ostle presented a cheque for £1,000 to MOPP Chairman, Jim Saphin, on behalf of the trustees of the Edna Johnson Will Trust. The late Edna Johnson created the trust ‘to assist those elderly persons in need in East Sussex’. Gaby Hardwicke partners David Young, Richard Ostle and Antony Caulfield are the trustees and meet regularly to administer the trust and make grants to deserving causes.
According to the 2001 census, Fairlight has the highest percentage of older people in England and Wales. The MOPP website notes that, of a population of 3,697, there are over 1,500 people aged over 60 living in Fairlight, Guestling and Pett, and 300 of them live alone.