Hotel provides vital support to Rye Day Centre

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The George Hotel, Rye ENGSNL00120110504103642

Visitors to Rye have helped support a day care centre for the elderly by taking part in a scheme set up by the George in Rye hotel.

Rye and District Day Centre received £1,012 this month to help with its costs in providing help and social interaction to the elderly people of Rye and the surrounding villages.

The George in Rye launched an initiative during 2013 to support local charities with the help of its own guests.

When they check-out the hotel asks its guests to add £1 donation onto their bills to one of two local charities.

In addition, the George is matching any donation with a further £1, and so doubling the proceeds available.

The hotel says it enables the George’s guests the opportunity to give something back to the local area they have come to visit. The guests also appreciate the fact that the George matches the donations.

Dave Pellen, from Rye and District Day Care Centre, said: “This very kind and wonderful donation allows the Rye and District Day Centre to ensure that the costs of providing services to the elderly community of Rye and surrounding villages are kept at an affordable level, which in turn aids the well-being of the members, allowing us to provide just that little more help and support.

The Rye and District Day Centre is a self funding charity and relies heavily on fund raising and the generous donations from local organisations and companies.

“Without this support the Day Centre would not be able to provide services to the elderly people of our community.

“The members of the Day Centre benefit by having the ability to get out and meet other people and socialise over tea or coffee and biscuits.

“This is followed by seated exercises led by qualified teachers, which is so very important to the well-being of our members.

Members enjoy a two course lunch prepared by our own cook. After lunch our members generally participate in the variety of activities which are available, such as games, quizzes, craft or art, or just the chance to relax in warm surroundings.

“From time to time a guest in invited to speak on a relevant topic.”

The service provides access to large print library books an a hearing aid service can be provided.

Rye and District Day Centre is held at Magdala House, in Ferry Road, Rye and holds sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

If you would like to find out about becoming a member of the Rye and District Day Centre please give Dave Pellen a call on 01797 226535 on Tuesday or Wednesday between 9.30am and 2.30pm or email

“The George in Rye hit the headlines in 2013 when it provided accomodation for George Clooney, who was directing and starring in the Hollywood blockbustr Monuments Men, which was filmed in Rye, Camber and Winchelsea.

It also provides a venue for local events such as the Rye Jazz Festival and Rye Arts Festival.

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