Christmas comes to Leonard Cheshire services across the country
16 December 2014
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at our services around the UK! Here are just a few examples of the fun activities being organised.
St Anthony's in Wolverhampton pulled out all the stops for their Christmas show — which took place over three nights.
The show highlighted the talents of staff, residents and volunteers who work or live at St Anthony's. The performances included group dance routines, singing, comedy sketches and acting. There was even take on The Great British Bake Off with two people taking on the roles of Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
‘The entire staff team really pulls together to make the show the much-anticipated event that it is each year.’
Meanwhile, John Masefield House in Burcot, Oxfordshire held a fundraising Christmas bazaar.
The afternoon event was well attended by community volunteers and residents’ families who enjoyed the attractions, which included a crafts and cards stall, a raffle, tombola and a guess the weight of the cake competition.
The festivities were wrapped up with a surprise visit from Santa and his little helper.
‘The bazaar is always a great event for our service and this year did not disappoint. The day kicks off our festive season and gets us all in the Christmas spirit. We want to thank everyone who attended and made the day such a success.’
Staff and volunteers from Derbyshire Community Support Services also held a Christmas fundraiser for the people who use the services. These activities are particularly important as some of the people who use the services live on their own and rely on the activities and skills groups to meet people and socialise.
The fair was held at a local village hall where the service also holds a craft and social group every Monday. Raffle prizes were donated by local businesses, the people who use the service and their families.
‘I really enjoyed helping out at the Christmas Fair. Everyone joined in and I am happy to continue helping as long as I am needed.’
The Bells Piece Christmas Fair is the service's biggest fundraising event of the year and it did not disappoint, with over £5,400 raised on the day.
Visitors were spoilt for choice with a wide range of stalls selling arts and crafts, plants, Christmas wreaths, bric-a-brac and homemade cakes. The Bells Piece kitchen had also been busy whipping up a batch delicious jams and chutneys to sell.
Father Christmas made a special trip to hand out gifts in his Christmas grotto.
For those who were feeling peckish, there was plenty on offer at the Bells Piece cafe, which served homemade soups, roast pork rolls, hot savouries, cakes and drinks prepared on site by staff, volunteers and people who use the service.
‘A huge thank you has to go to all the staff, volunteers and service users as without their help we would not have been able to run such a great fundraising event.’
Over 30 volunteers lent a hand in the week leading up to the fair and on the day, helping to make it such a successful day.
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