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Christmas Stockings and Treasured Memories 5 December 2008

Manx National Heritage and Age Concern encourage everyone to come along to The House of Manannan, Peel over the festive period to slip something nice into Age Concern’s ‘Support our Stocking Appeal’ Collection Bin. While there, visitors will also be able to catch a small display on ‘The Tell Me Project 2008’, an inter-generational project of which MNH and Age Concern are both partners.

Penny Creighton, MBE, Chief Executive of Age Concern IOM said: Visitors learn about The Tell Me Project 2008.

“Age Concern are delighted with the ‘Support our Stocking’ Appeal. This wonderful idea is really going to make a difference to many people’s Christmas. It will give them a few luxuries, but it will also remind them that people are thinking about them.”

Good ideas for stocking fillers include tins of food, mini Christmas puddings, toiletries and biscuits. Age Concern will be collecting until 19th December 2008, and afterwards the stockings will be distributed to older people on the Isle of Man from Age Concern’s Day Centre, Ny Kiare Thieyn, in Peel.

Mrs Creighton further commented:

“The ‘Support our Stocking’ Appeal really embodies the whole spirit of Christmas, and it really shows people working together in the community. Age Concern extends its sincerest thanks to everybody who has helped with this.”

The Appeal Collection Bin is the centrepiece to the Tell Me Project display. The Project, pioneered by Professor Hugh Davidson, enables older people to record and celebrate aspects of their lives, views and achievements by telling their memories to pupils on the Island. It helps these pupils to build skills in interviewing, listening, summarising and information technology. All in all, “Tell Me” enhances understanding between the generations, which Hugh feels is essential to building strong communities in the future.Items donated by older participants in The Tell Me Project

The display includes a selection of artefacts donated by older participants in The Tell Me Project, including an evacuee suitcase and other Second World War memorabilia.

Maureen Kennaugh, Retail Manager for Manx National Heritage said:

“The fascinating Tell Me Project 2008 book, which includes a selection of this year’s interviews between younger pupils and the older generation, is available to buy from MNH Heritage Shops at The House of Manannan and Manx Museum.”

So come along to The House of Manannan, Peel where you can find out about the Tell Me Project and help Age Concern’s ‘Support our Stocking’ Appeal by bringing small gifts to put in Age Concern’s Collection Bin! The House of Manannan is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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