Charity Day for Community Christmas
Community Christmas began 6 years ago, with a mission to make sure that no elderly person spent Christmas alone and in turn, helping to build strong relationships with the elderly and their local communities.
The day began with a sampling of some incredible Bake Off efforts, featuring some spectacular Christmas themed cakes, delicious hot sausage rolls, Cornish pasties, cheese straws, scotch eggs, chocolate brownies and a giant pork pie!
Santa’s grotto was then officially opened with everyone invited to sit on “Santa’s” knee and take a lucky dip from Santa’s sack… prizes ranged from a half days holiday to a bag of sprouts… Whilst in the queue, Tom Swinson’s homemade Christmas jumper was chosen as winner of the Christmas Jumper Competition… winning another go on Santa’s knee…!
The first team activity was to build and decorate a gingerbread house in 15 minutes… sounds easier than it is! There were sadly a couple of disqualifications for structural reasons (it fell down…) and continuing after the finish time! However, team Donner took the title – well done, Ani, Holly, Michael and Dave.
After the gingerbread house excitement, a lovely festive lunch of slow cooked turkey and Christmas ham was served in buns with cranberry sauce, stuffing and pigs in blankets all washed down with warm mulled wine.
Following lunch, the teams gathered back together for the Christmas Quiz. After a tricky Christmas movie picture round, testing Christmas music round and general Christmas knowledge quiz… the victorious team was Dancer with a clear 5 point lead was Emma, Ewan, Adam and Lily.
The afternoon ended with some Christmas tunes and festive drinks.
Jodie Kemp, Divisional Manager of our Elderly Care Home division lead the day and commented:
“Thank you to everyone who helped make our charity day such a huge success. At this time of year it was important to us to support such a worthwhile charity as Community Christmas and I’m happy we managed to raise such an incredible amount that will ensure a lot of people have a lovely Christmas Day.
The day was great fun, and special thanks to all that helped out, especially Santa and Big Elf! The grotto was a huge hit, and I know the food, drink, music and all the festive activities were enjoyed by all! Thanks again everyone!”
Our very own Grant Mélin, is actively also volunteering and spending his Christmas Day at the Salvation Army, serving Christmas Lunch to the elderly community in Southsea.
Overall, we raised an incredible £900 for Community Christmas which will make a huge difference to those who would usually be alone on Christmas Day. Some elderly people who are looking forward to a Community Christmas lunch have said: “that’s a weight off my mind” and “It’s truly amazing what (Community Christmas) do – nice to know someone cares.”.