Lesley Joseph visited Jewish Care’s Brenner Centre at Raine House in Stamford Hill today where she held 40 members of the day centre captivated with stories from her show biz acting career as Dorian in Birds of a Feather, with a new series coming to our screens soon. Lesley had tea, took part in a chair exercise session with members and did a Q&A session and stayed to have lunch with the members in the Centre cafe.
Lesley, talked about age with the members who range from 71 to 92, saying, “I think the key to growing old gracefully, or disgracefully, is to love life. You have a wealth of experience here and it’s vital that younger people recognise the older members of our community. This is a lovely place.”
After the visit, Lesley commented, “I’m incredibly impressed with Jewish Care’s Brenner Centre, it is a wonderful lifeline for people to make friendships, who may have lost a husband or wife or are on their own for whatever reason. This is a great example of what older people in our community need, there is a genuinely lovely atmosphere here and a warm connection between the members, the volunteers and the staff.”
Miriam Fugler, age 90, who was a volunteer for 20 years and is now a member at the Centre presented Lesley with flowers, she said, “I didn’t know Lesley Joseph was going to be here and I’m so happy to meet her. I’ve seen her on the tv and watch all her programmes but to meet her and sit and have lunch with her was wonderful. She’s so natural and a lovely lady.”
Denise Alexander, Operational Manager at the Centre added, “It was fantastic for our members to have Lesley Joseph visit today, she was great fun and they were absolutely mesmorised by her stories. The members feel like they know her because she grew up near here and they loved talking about the show, her career and playing a Jewish character on TV. It was a real highlight for everyone and we would like to say a big thank you to Lesley for spending the morning with us.”