Festive fun for disabled residents at Christmas bazaar

5 December 2016

MP John Howell helps Santa hand out gifts to residentsSanta and his reindeer dropped by to meet disabled residents and their families during a Christmas bazaar at John Masefield House in Abingdon.

Henley MP John Howell and visitors from the local community also attended the bazaar at the home which provides nursing care and services for disabled adults.

The home is run by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Mr Howell enjoyed helping Santa give out presents to residents before joining fellow bazaar-goers.

The event on Saturday 26 November included a number of stalls and activities, including crafts, lucky dip, raffle and tombola while friends and supporters donated delicious cakes to sell.

Over £1,000 was raised for John Masefield House thanks to everyone who attended on the day.

This money will be used on the service’s dining patio appeal fund to construct a new patio area, which will hopefully be ready for residents to use in time for summer 2017.

Resident Carole Osborne said:

‘I really enjoyed running my scarf stall and talking to everyone.

‘We have such nice people who volunteer to make things good for us.

‘They are so kind and giving and we all appreciate everything they do.’

Volunteer co-ordinator David Williams said:

‘This is always a fun event.

‘It was lovely to see so many people at the bazaar and learn that everyone enjoyed the afternoon’s festivities.

‘Thank you to all who came along to support us and ensure this event was a big success.’

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