Disabled invited to social club's Christmas party in Witney

Witney Gazette: Back, from left, Maggie Newton, Deborah Wiffen, Molly Barlow; front, Margaret Hudson, Julia Hudson and Yvonne De Burgo Buy this photo » Back, from left, Maggie Newton, Deborah Wiffen, Molly Barlow; front, Margaret Hudson, Julia Hudson and Yvonne De Burgo

BELLY dancers will join Father Christmas for a party organised by a social club for the disabled in Witney.

Ditto, which stands for “Doing it together to overcome”, is a group for disabled people of all ages and their carers, who meet once a month at the Langdale Hall.

The Christmas party takes place on Tuesday, from 11am until 2pm and members are extending an open invitation to disabled people from the district to come along.

The event will include performances by The King’s School choir and belly dancers, while Father Christmas will also be on hand to draw raffle prizes, which have been donated by local businesses.

Food and drinks for the event have also been donated.

Committee member Yvonne De Burgo, of Bourton Close, said: “We accommodate people of all ages. We usually have talks and our most recent one was the neighbourhood police team telling us about keeping safe.”

Ms De Burgo, who has spinal stenosis and fibromyalgia, added: “The group provides everyday things that people wouldn’t think about doing if they were on their own.

“It’s a great place to get help and interact and make friends with other people.

“Some disabled people can feel very isolated, particularly at Christmas time. Our aim is to change this, have fun and socialise.”

The club is supported by Cottsway Housing. To book a place for the party, call Maggie Newton, of Cottsway’s Active Communities Team, on 0800 876 6366.

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