Volunteering at Thwaites Empire can help you stay fit and healthy

A local charity theatre is urging people to consider volunteering on the day that the Chief Medical Officer is encouraging people to take up new hobbies to keep physically and mentally active in retirement.

Prof Dame Sally Davies’ Annual Report has suggested that people who remain in paid employment past retirement age or involved in community and voluntary work improve their chances of staying healthier for longer.

Michael Berry, the Chairman of Thwaite Empire Theatre in Ewood, Blackburn, who is a volunteer himself said, “I worked in business for many years and I believe that the time I spend volunteering at the Empire Theatre has helped me keep mentally and physically fit since retirement.

“The Empire Theatre relies on volunteers to keep the theatre running and they get involved in many parts of the theatre including the bar, booking office, behind the scenes and ushering for shows. The group of volunteers at the Empire has become a family and we all benefit.”

Volunteer, Margaret Greenhalgh, who works in the booking office at the Empire said, “I’ve been at the Thwaites Empire theatre since 2003. It’s such a nice place to work. Everyone is so friendly and we all get on so well and if anybody else thinks of coming along, it’s a fabulous place to come and volunteer.”

People interested in volunteering at the Empire can call 01254 685 500 or email the chairman Michael Berry on info@thwaitesempiretheatre.co.uk. Alternatively contact the theatre through Twitter or Facebook.