An extra special Christmas for Suffolk Lodge residents
11 December 2013
Next week, 37 residents and their families/carers at Suffolk Lodge Care Home will be treated to a Christmas party, with help from local Waitrose supermarket staff.
The celebrations will begin on Friday December 20 at 2pm, when local cabaret singer Lynne Turner will be singing festive songs and ditties dating back to the 1920s! After the entertainment, a raffle will be held, followed by a buffet and refreshments; all served to residents by visiting Waitrose staff from the Wokingham store.
All Waitrose branches are supporting a Christmas lunch event for older people, homeless and vulnerable people in their community, who would otherwise be on their own at Christmas. The campaign means that around 500 events across the country are being supported by them; with nearly 40,000 people set to benefit.
Caroline Parkin, personnel manager from Waitrose (Wokingham) said: “It is fantastic to be working with Suffolk Lodge Care Home to support their Christmas party. There is a team of us going along to help out at the event, and we’re all really looking forward to spreading some festive cheer in our local community.”
Suffolk Lodge activities coordinator Rebecca Craker said: “We’re over the moon that Waitrose has decided to help us make our residents’ Christmas that extra bit special this year. Their £750 donation will really make a difference, and we are happy that we’ve begun building a relationship with such a great company.”
Optalis staff get quizzical in aid of local stroke clubs
On Thursday December 5, Optalis held its second annual Pub Quiz for staff. The event was organised again due to the storming success of the event last year, where hundreds of pounds were raised for local charity The Link Visiting Scheme.