A tea dance is providing older people with a new lease of life and the chance to dance but the group needs more people so that it can keep running.
The dance has been running since October and attracts people from a number of residential homes in the Harborough district.
The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month in Lubenham Village Hall where people can enjoy music from the 1930s and 1940s.
Those who wish to do so can take to the dance floor and if not they can enjoy a selection of cakes which each month follow a different theme.
Karen herself makes cakes for a living and so the cakes always go down well. At the most recent meet the theme was Easter but in February hearts were prominent on pavlovas and icing to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
She said: “The idea came from my realising that my mother, who has alhzeimers, really needed to be with people more and I wanted to see her like she was before the Alzeimers, happy, awake, talking, laughing, dancing and singing.
“Loneliness is a killer, so I believe that if you don’t see anyone to talk to, and have nothing interesting to focus on, you have trouble communicating properly and your brain starts to shut down quicker.”
Karen gave up full time work in June to be around more for her mum and started up a business that meant she was still able to be there for her.
She now sells cakes and even bakes them for people’s wedding day.
After visiting the Gables and talking to the owner Sarah Harrison Karen saw that there would be an interest ffrom residents there for the dance and the Lubenham Tea Dance was born.
Karen said: “It’s amazing how as soon as the music goes on everyone jumps to life singing and reminiscing about old times and the years seem to drop off for a few hours.”
The next dance in Lubenham is on Wednesday, April 17 from 2pm until 4pm.
Karen charges £5 for entry and all proceeds go to charities for older people. The price includes cake and hot drinks.