Bluebird Care Hook and Kingsclere, a local provider of at home and live-in care based in Kingsclere Park, celebrated Silver Sunday on 14 October. The Bluebird Care team cooked Sunday Lunch for over 65’s in the local community at the Fieldgate Centre and hosted over 20 people for a Sunday lunch, full of food, fun and games.
The purpose of the event was to celebrate the older generation and bring together people from across the community who are most likely to experience loneliness and to give them an afternoon of fun company.
Sadly, one of the Bluebird Care Hook and Kingsclere customers, Jane Ayre, lives with Parkinson’s and couldn’t make it due to poor mobility. However, the Bluebird are team ensured that Jane wasn’t going to miss out and took her a roast dinner and apple crumble after the event.
The Bluebird Care team put on lots of fun and games for the attendees and the group played bingo and had a great time. The one-line winner was John Clemence, who won a tin of biscuits. Patricia, who called Bingo!, won a wildlife calendar and a box of chocolates.
They also held a quiz which John and his wife Irene Clemence won. John had a stroke some time ago and subsequently Irene became his primary carer: Bluebird Care provides John with domiciliary and live-in care when Irene goes on holiday. “The dinner was amazing,” Irene said, “but most of all I enjoyed putting up my feet and having someone wait on me for a change. Bluebird Care does a great job of looking after John and I have really enjoyed my afternoon.”
Thanks are due to Charlotte Scott and Kim Teagle who organised the event; to Hayley Davies, a care manager and Michele Lupton a Live In Supervisor, both from Bluebird Care Newbury, helped to prepare the room, peel veg and help to cook; and to Charlotte Davey, Lori Booth and Zara Stephens assisted with getting customers there and back and were invaluable in serving the roast dinner at tables and making sure everyone had drinks and desserts. They helped wash up and constantly made sure everyone who attended had everything they needed.
“Thank you to everyone who came along to such a lovely Sunday Lunch,” Kim Teagle, Public Relations Manager at Bluebird Care Hook and Kingsclere, said. “I had a really fantastic afternoon and loved spending time with all the guests who came to the event. Putting on events like this and knowing we have made a difference for a few hours is incredibly humbling and I really can’t wait for the next one.”
“We are so pleased that we’re able to put on events like this and do that little bit extra to help people in the community,” John Prendergast, a Director of Bluebird Care Hook and Kingsclere said after the event. “Silver Sunday is a day in the national calendar where we think about older people and celebrate their contribution to society over the years so we felt it was the perfect occasion to do something special. Thank you to everyone who helped arrange this event too – your hard work is hugely appreciated, not just by us, but by Bluebird Care customers and the community.”