A group of 27 people over the age of 65 on St Helena will leave the Island tomorrow, Tuesday 11 July 2017, for a return trip to Ascension Island, organised by the St Helena Older Persons Services. The eldest person going on this trip is 97 years old and has never visited Ascension Island before. The group will be accompanied by carers and staff from the Older Persons Services team.
The idea behind the trip is to give the elderly on the Island an opportunity to travel on the RMS St Helena, while enabling some people to visit Ascension for the first time and even to leave St Helena for the first time.
Funding for the trip has been supported by St Helena Line who has provided cabins onboard the RMS at a reduced rate especially for this occasion. Some older persons have paid for the cabins themselves, while fundraising efforts and donations have also contributed towards costs.
Clients are really excited about the trip and cannot wait to depart the Island, especially those who have never been off-Island before.
The Older Persons Services would like to thank all those here on St Helena and on Ascension Island who made donations and contributed towards their fundraising in any way.
Source: St Helena Government