A team from Bupa Care Services’ resourcing department based in Horsforth, is taking part in a community challenge. The group will be hosting a tea dance at Hawksworth’s Older People Support (HOPS) community hall in Hawksworth Wood, Leeds on Thursday 24 September. The event will take place between 1pm and 4pm and after careful consideration a tea dance was decided to be the perfect event. Not only does it encourage older people to participate in exercise and encourage mobility but it has shown that remaining active in later life can also help reduce the risk of dementia. Sarah Belford, resourcing team member, says: “Our team is really looking forward to this challenge. With Bupa Care Services having a strong interest in dementia care we thought this event would be perfect. Neither Bupa nor HOPS have hosted a tea dance before, so this event should be a lot of fun and make a big difference to people’s lives.” The event is expected to attract over 60 older people comprising couples, men, women and those less mobile. Bingo and a raffle will be held and a buffet lunch will be served. “We’re delighted that Bupa is part of this event and we hope it will be a success. 14 members of the resourcing team have volunteered for this challenge and it is a great initiative to involve the wider community in such a worthy cause. We are looking forward to a very enjoyable day and learning some new dance moves,” adds Siobhan Drane, Bupa’s community fairs consultant.