Lime Gardens Fun Day
In what is fast becoming an annual tradition, Older People’s Services marked the end of summer in style with a Fun Day for customers.
The event, on 12 September, was held at Lime Gardens, the new ExtraCare service in Cradley and attracted more than 200 people, all keen to enjoy the activities in the late-summer sunshine.
The theme for this year’s extravaganza was the Wild West with a shooting range and horse shoe throwing among the sideshows. Customers from 13 schemes attended, bringing along family and friends to join in the fun. Wellbeing advisors were on hand to give treatments and advice and customers were invited to try Tai Chi or relax with an Indian head massage.
Keen gardeners Clive and Terry, both residents at Lime Gardens, helped visitors to plant up their own cactus and Eric, a customer at The Briarwood, ran a Pot Black challenge.
Visitors browsed the many stalls, some of which were organised by other schemes to raise funds and enjoyed a visit to the barbecue and the Lime Gardens bar and coffee shop. Entertainment was provided by a Country singer and a duo, while the Broad Meadow line dancers demonstrated their footwork skills.
Laura Edwards from the Customer Involvement team took the lead role in organising the Fun Day. She said: “It was such a great day. We were expecting more than a hundred people but to be able to welcome 200 was wonderful. A lot of them had dressed for the occasion too in checked shirts and cowboy hats.
“We were particularly pleased to see 13 customers who had travelled from Wharf Court in Melksham.
“A special thank you goes to all out volunteers including Inclusion Services customers Tracey Miller and Jessica Stanley and Roger from The Briarwood, who manned front desk, welcoming everyone in.”
Midland Heart customers, Ruth, Gary and Margaret (right) attended the event, and enjoyed the day. Ruth said, “what a lovely day , my favourite bit was decorating my own cake and getting to eat it.”
Gary also enjoyed the culinary delights, saying, “the food was yummy yummy in my tummy, I really enjoyed watching and having a dance to the singer.”
Tea and coffee fan Margaret said, “I thought it was wonderful how we could have a free day out with as much tea and coffee as we could drink, I loved it and wish we could have more of them”