Sunrise of Hale Barns recently raised over £700 from a unique tea party for the Macmillan charity as part of their Coffee Morning Campaign.
Dissimilar to a traditional tea party, to mark the occasion team member, Regina Faria, Activities and Volunteers Co-ordinator at Sunrise of Hale Barns, supported Resident Ambassador, and baking club organiser, Margaret Brown with an instructional cupcake bake video.
With COVID preventing the care home from hosting an event in person, the residents and team members at Sunrise of Hale Barns decided to think outside the box, determined to continue their fundraising efforts in spite of these challenges.
The team at the care home settled upon a demonstration video, with Margaret Brown kindly volunteering to share her baking secrets with residents and their family members online, providing a ‘how to’ session for delicious chocolate and strawberry topped cupcakes. Alongside Margaret was Richard Millington, pianist, who played the piano and created a quintessential British tea party atmosphere for the event.
Prior to joining Sunrise of Hale Barns, Margaret used to be a cooking teacher and continues to get the opportunity to do so now, hosting the care home’s baking group every Friday.
These opportunities add to a long list of innovative experiences arranged by the home, with planned activities pivotal to their vision at Sunrise of Hale Barns, enabling residents to live purposeful lives.
Speaking on the tea party, Margaret, said:
“I was very pleased to help in any way possible to raise money for Macmillan. The video idea was something a little different and took me back to my cookery teaching days!”
Reflecting on the event, and why charitable work is so important to them, Director of Community Relations at Sunrise of Hale Barns, Sharon Parkes, added:
“This event was fantastic. Margaret and Regina put on a great show, and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Here at Sunrise of Hale Barns we place great emphasis upon our charity work. We have done many events in the past for NHS charities, Alzheimer’s Society, Salvation Army, and several local charities including Mustard Tree, Reuben’s Retreat and Gettalife Project. It’s extremely pleasing for us when we can not only organise and take part in events that our residents and team members thoroughly enjoy, but raise money for great causes at the same time.”