"Even though your days could be filled with sadness, you have to find a way to go on, to go out and do things.”

Stan Freed, 89

Since joining Age UK Camden as a service user, Stan has been a champion of Age UK Camden, supporting older people in the borough for many years, on issues such as fuel poverty. Both Stan and his wife Stella have received multiple awards for services to their community.

Stan has lived in and around Camden for his whole life, apart from as a child when he was evacuated, twice, during the war.

He is an avid classical music lover and in his retirement started to lecture at the University of the Third Age, passing on his vast knowledge and passion for music.

For Stan, OPAG is a way of staying connected with what’s happening in the area.

“You have to do things. You can’t just sit around like a lemon. Even though your days could be filled with sadness, you have to find a way to go on, to go out and do things.”

He also met his good friend Basil here at Age UK Camden. They meet every Tuesday together at Stan’s home to listen to music together and then it’s out for a good meal before they part company.