Easter fun at Whitefriars Care Home in Stamford

Volunteers on the tombola, from left, Sylvia Stewart, Ann Collins and Stan Stewart.
Volunteers on the tombola, from left, Sylvia Stewart, Ann Collins and Stan Stewart.
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AN EASTER fair at a Stamford care home raised money to provide residents with a summer show while supporting a shoebox parcel appeal for the military.

More than 50 people who attended the Saturday afternoon event at Whitefriars Care Home in St Georges Avenue, Stamford, enjoyed stalls, a tombola, chocolate fountain, raffle and watching some newly-hatched Easter chicks run around.

Sarah Turner-Daffern, Activities co-ordinator at the care home, said: “It was a fabulous day.

Also at the fair were members of the Royal British Legion, collecting goods for their latest shoebox appeal, where they send parcels out to troops based in the area serving in Afghanistan.

Sarah said: “We have got a lot of old soldiers at the home and wives who supported them so we are really quite passionate about supporting the British Legion.

“Some of our residents remember doing similar things during World War Two, knitting garments for the troops.”

It is not yet known how much was raised on Saturday, but the money will go towards the residents’ comfort fund which pays for various activites including this year a planned visit by a theatre company in the summer who will perform Wish You Were Here.

Also at the fair was Laura English, 28 of Banks Crescent, Stamford, who launched a parcel appeal through the Mercury in December.

Laura’s fiancé Richard Johnson, an RAF mechanic, is currently serving in Afghanistan.

Her stall on Saturday received donations of items and money which will be used to buy gifts for the next parcels when they pack them up at the care home on April 21.

Laura said: “We haven’t got anything left from the donations we received last time so every little bit helps.”

To support the parcel appeal get in contact with Laura by email lau_900@hotmail.com