Blooming Bonkers Mad Hatter’s Tea Party For Barry Day Service

Sully Day Opportunities, a day service for disabled adults living in Barry Island, South Wales, celebrated their beautiful blooms with a brilliantly bonkers Mad Hatter’s tea party in the garden.

The service, which offers support to people with a range of physical disabilities, learning disabilities and complex health needs, spent months renovating its garden after being closed for some time last year.

The people who use the service weeded the garden and planted a range of colourful plants as part of a flowers in bloom project.

They then spent hours in the art room creating decorations, including bunting, oversized playing cards, and the Mad Hatter, Alice and the Cheshire Cat, to turn the garden into Wonderland.

The team hosted a two-day garden party, with staff members dressing up as Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee and the White Rabbit, and those people supported by the service wearing home-made hats and fascinators.

A Cheshire Cat cake was made and donated by Grace Donovan, the 17-year-old daughter of team leader Lisa Donovan, and was enjoyed by attendees at the party.

Sian Harries, a team leader at Sully Day Opportunities, said: “Everyone has worked incredibly hard on the garden, and it was lovely to celebrate with a Mad Hatter’s Tea party. We had lovely weather for our fun and games – on one day, it was actually a bit too hot – and the flowers and decorations looked amazing.

“I’d like to say a special thank you to two of our support workers, Leanne Waters and Kate Power, who did a great deal of work on the project. They did an outstanding job.”

Rob, who attends Sully Day Opportunities, said: “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party was great fun and the Cheshire Cat cake was delicious. I loved how we all worked together to turn the garden into Wonderland then got to sit together and enjoy it in the sunshine.”















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