Horsham town centre weekend fun with Hollywood and charity treats

JPCT 070215 S15060270x A pop-up craft shop in Swan Walk Shopping Centre as part of Age UK Bobble Day raising awareness of the Spread the Warmth campaign. Horsham. Judy Maiden, Jane Sharo and Tricia Knight -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-111115001

JPCT 070215 S15060270x A pop-up craft shop in Swan Walk Shopping Centre as part of Age UK Bobble Day raising awareness of the Spread the Warmth campaign. Horsham. Judy Maiden, Jane Sharo and Tricia Knight -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-111115001

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Horsham was bustling on Saturday (February 7) when a Delorean car of Back to the Future fame came to the town and Age UK held its ‘Bobble Day’ awareness event.

Age UK’s Horsham district branch held events across the town to spread their Spread the Warmth campaign message.

JPCT 070215 S15060165x Back to the Future car in Swan Walk, Horsham. Lottie Dove, car owner Brian O'Neill and Stacey James -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-110816001

JPCT 070215 S15060165x Back to the Future car in Swan Walk, Horsham. Lottie Dove, car owner Brian O'Neill and Stacey James -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-110816001

Volunteers came out in force and raised more than £750 to support the branch’s services and raise awareness of the risks and issues older people face on a day-to-day basis during winter.

In the Carfax, they served refreshments from ‘Betty the Crumpet Caddy’, a sky blue refreshment caravan, while giving out information and advice.

Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre held Zumba exercise class on the bandstand at 10am on Saturday and Sunday people were encouraged to take part in craft activities in one of the empty units in Swan Walk.

Each winter 200 elderly people across the UK die needlessly and the Spread the Warmth campaign runs throughout the colder months to help combat this in a variety of ways.

JPCT 070215 S15060287x Sara Chorlton on her cushion stall, Bonny Boutique,  at a pop-up craft shop in Swan Walk Shopping Centre as part of Age UK Bobble Day raising awareness of the Spread the Warmth campaign. Horsham. J -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-112019001

JPCT 070215 S15060287x Sara Chorlton on her cushion stall, Bonny Boutique, at a pop-up craft shop in Swan Walk Shopping Centre as part of Age UK Bobble Day raising awareness of the Spread the Warmth campaign. Horsham. J -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-112019001

From the Horsham district branch in Lavinia House, Denne Road, volunteers and staff provide free information and advice to ease financial worries and help older people to feel warm and well.

Their handy people provide energy services, like fitting draft excluders and radiator foils, as well as help with practical tasks around the home.

They also offer shopping support to those with mobility issues can get what they need and provide befriending services to help fight loneliness.

For more information the charity and its services go to www.ageuk.org.uk/horshamdistrict/spread-the-warmth

JPCT 070215 S15060292x A pop-up craft shop in Swan Walk Shopping Centre as part of Age UK Bobble Day raising awareness of the Spread the Warmth campaign. Horsham.  -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-111835001

JPCT 070215 S15060292x A pop-up craft shop in Swan Walk Shopping Centre as part of Age UK Bobble Day raising awareness of the Spread the Warmth campaign. Horsham. -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-111835001

Other visitors to the town centre got a warm glow from seeing the Delorean, which wsa brought to Swan Walk by online estate agency Zoom995 to promote its vision for the future of the property industry.

Shoppers were invited to be photographed next to the DeLorean and a Doc Brown look-a-like.

The event celebrated 1989 film Back to the Future Part 2, in which Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel forward in time to 2015.

Stuart Robinson, director at Zoom995, said: “We were overwhelmed with the response we received on Saturday.

JPCT 070215 S15060270x  part of Age UK Bobble Day raising awareness of the Spread the Warmth campaign. Horsham. Bandstand, Carfax. Fifty Plus, zumba dance demonstration in winter clothing -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-111501001

JPCT 070215 S15060270x part of Age UK Bobble Day raising awareness of the Spread the Warmth campaign. Horsham. Bandstand, Carfax. Fifty Plus, zumba dance demonstration in winter clothing -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150702-111501001

“It was great to talk to shoppers who shared the love for the cult film.”