From chutney to cheque
reen Tree Court’s recent Summer Fete wasn’t only a chance for residents, staff, family, friends, and local people to get together to have some fun. It was also an opportunity to raise money for two charities that are very close to the heart of everyone at the Exeter residential care home. £1,000 was raised during the fete, which has been split between local charity the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance and Breast Cancer Care.
Green Tree Court resident Barbara Bearne, who got involved making chutney to sell at the fete as well as homemade bunting to decorate the gardens, was pleased to present a cheque for £500 to Gina Awad from the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance. An additional cheque for £500 has also been sent to Breast Cancer Care.
“We all enjoyed a marvellous afternoon at our fete,” commented Helen Rushton, Green Tree Court Home Director. “And to be able to raise money for these two charities really is the icing cake. Many thanks to all our residents who got involved making a range of items, including chutneys, for us to sell – which I know they really enjoyed doing and also made a difference to our total amount raised. And once again I’d like to say a massive thank you to our staff team and their family members, who gave up their time to help plan the day, and set up or man the stalls.”
“We’re delighted to make these donations to two charities that really are close to all our hearts. We’ve long worked with the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance (EDAA) to support their work to make Exeter a more dementia friendly community. Thanks to the tireless work of the EDAA, local people living with dementia can find it a little easier to continue with day-to-day ordinary activities, from popping into the shops to going to the bank. Our other chosen charity this year was Breast Cancer Care, which provides support for people living with and beyond breast cancer.”
Over 200 family, friends, and local people joined staff and residents for the fun afternoon, opened by BBC Radio Devon’s David ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald. Hundreds of cakes, pies, and other goodies made by our residents and the kitchen team were enjoyed. All ages delighted in the fabulous birds of prey display. Our raffle proved as popular as ever. And there was lots of fun with traditional fairground games including a coconut shy and balloon modelling.