Silver Sunday was launched in 2012 by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation and Westminster City Councillor Christabel Flight, after a report discovered more than a third of people over 75 said they were lonely. The aim then was to celebrate older residents, recognise their contribution to their communities and help them get out and about to meet new people.
Silver Sunday 2012 was a fantastic success with over 2,000 people taking part in 19 events in Westminster alone. It gained the support of Joanna Lumley, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Michael Parkinson. The following year the success in Westminster encouraged us to encourage others nationally to get involved; the event grew significantly with over 150 events being held across the country.
Every year since we have seen fantastic growth both in the number of events and in people taking part in Westminster and across the UK, from Orpington to Orkney. In 2016 there were over 600 events attended by thousands of older people.
See how Silver Sunday makes a difference in our Silver Sunday video.