care team organises
community Christmas meal
group of Burnham-On-Sea residents has enjoyed a Christmas meal and
party this week thanks to the efforts of the team at Somerset Care.
third annual event saw a lunch held for the care firm's clients
at the Windmill Restaurant in Edithmead, organised by Janine Stent,
a Burnham community care worker.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We normally organise a buffet, but
decided that since some don't all get a proper Christmas dinner,
we'd aim for a two-course traditional Christmas lunch this year!
All agreed the food was outstanding."
event was organised with funds raised by Janine plus money donated
by Burnham Lions, Brent Engineering, Alan Chillingworth and Adam
Grindrod with the support of many others, including Moose International
and John Chinn from Burnham's Masonic Lodge.
clients also received Christmas gift bags containing toiletries,
chocolates, teddy bears and handmade calendars. It comes after Janine's
sister, Julie, put out an appeal for gift donations.
said: "Julie ran her socks off picking stuff up for me from
people who kindly made donations. All the items were used for presents
and free raffle prizes, and any left over have gone out to our housebound
clients for Christmas."
had a trolley at the front of its store for donations of chocolates,
biscuits and other items. The Burnham-On-Sea Lions also attended
on the day to help serve meals and Santa even put in a special appearance,
which everybody loved."
added: "All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful party and
all the clients said how much they had enjoyed themselves. I would
personally would like to thank everyone for supporting me financially
and helping on the day. I can't thank the Lions and my family enough
for all the help they gave me."
Event organisers and helpers before the start of festivities and
the clients around the tables enjoying the meal (Photos Mike Lang)