Theresa May, who is MP for Maidenhead, was at the annual gathering of local senior citizens with husband Phillip, and spoke to residents while enjoying tea with sandwiches and delicious cakes. She also showed off her dance moves by jiving with guests during an Elvis tribute performance.
Theresa May often attends Sunday services at St. Andrews Church in Sonning, and has previously handed out raffle prizes at the Sonning Village Show, but her appearance at the Charvil tea party came as a complete surprise to the party guests.
Politics enthusiast Margaret Wright was the most excited Sunrise resident to meet the Prime Minister. Margaret, who has great historical knowledge of previous UK leaders, wanted to meet Theresa May as part of Sunrise’s ‘Wish Upon A Star’ programme, through which staff try to fulfil the wishes of residents.
Theresa May’s surprise visit comes only two weeks after Hollywood superstar George Clooney turned up unannounced at the Sunrise of Sonning front door, to greet 87 year-old resident Pat Adams with flowers and a card. That, too, had been the result of newsletter articles and letters sent out as part of the Sunrise ‘Wish Upon A Star’ initiative.
After a famous fortnight for the care home, residents and staff are now plotting their next star-studded surprise.
The ‘Wish Upon A Star’ programme is only one aspect of the personalised care and support offered by Sunrise Senior Living UK communities. As part of the mission to cater for a range of individual needs, and ensure happy, fulfilling lives for all residents, Sunrise puts on a wide variety of creative activities, and provides nursing, dementia care, and assisted living.
Malcolm Hague, Divisional Support General Manager at Sunrise of Sonning, said:
“It was a wonderful surprise for residents to meet Prime Minister, Teresa May at the Charvil village party on Saturday. We thank Prime Minister May for taking the time to talk to our residents, and making the day extra special for everybody involved.”
Georgina Williams, Activities and Volunteers Co-ordinator at Sunrise of Sonning, said:
“After the surprise visit of George Clooney two weeks ago, we were delighted when the Prime Minister turned up at the village party on Saturday. It was a particularly exciting occasion for our residents with a keen interest in politics.
“Who knows which famous face will arrive on our doorstep next!”