Garden party raises over £500 for our Coventry residents
Our retirement scheme Bevan Court at Cheylesmore, Coventry, threw open its doors to the local community at the weekend for a summer celebration to raise funds for our residents’ activities.
The Big Bevan Garden Party featured a variety of stalls including cakes, crafts and games, in the relaxed surroundings of the scheme’s gardens, with live music from a local acoustic musician.
The event, organised by activities co-ordinator Gemma Morrison, attracted more than 100 people and raised over £500 – which will go toward some special entertainment for residents in our Coventry retirement schemes this Christmas.
Gemma said: “My biggest hope was that the garden party would bring people together, and I’m actually quite overwhelmed at how successful it was.
“It was amazing to see everyone sitting around on the grass and chatting, playing games, having tea and cake and just enjoying themselves together – from our oldest residents to tiny babies. The atmosphere was incredible.
“I don’t want to scare anybody by talking about Christmas in July, but the money we raised will make it possible to get a theatre group in to do a proper pantomime for our residents – and hopefully we can open that up to local people too!”
Local resident 89-year-old June Baxter from Cheylesmore, came to the party with Robert and Stephanie Nutt, a local couple who she met through Age UK’s volunteer befriending scheme.
Robert, pictured above with June, Stephanie and their tombola prizes, said: “We’ve had a lovely time and everyone’s been great. June’s done well on the tombola but I’m not so lucky!
“The reason we became befrienders is because we want to put something back into the community, so we support what Bevan Court’s doing here for local people.”
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire radio presenter Vic Minett was there on the day to run the tombola and chat to residents. You can hear her report from the party, and an interview with Gemma, here from 1.48 to 1.0.55.