A spe­cial day for young and old

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN at Sweet­croft Day Care in Hilling­don cel­e­brated Grand­par­ents Day by rais­ing money for older peo­ple.

They gave a boost to Age UK Hilling­don by hold­ing a cake sale, which raised a fan­tas­tic £164.

The money was used to pro­vide a spe­cial lunch for around 30 peo­ple at Age UK Hilling­don’s café in their Town­field Cen­tre on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 2.

Rose Men­donca, four, Macey McDon­nell and Ge­orge O’Brien, both three, joined Sweet­croft staff at the event, where they were all in­tro­duced to Age UK Hilling­don’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Pe­ter Okali. The café laid on a three-course lunch and the chil­dren gave out their cards, but­ter­fly po­ems, in­di­vid­ual pack­ets of choco­lates and flow­ers to ev­ery­one there.

Les­ley McGinty from Age UK Hilling­don said: “It was re­ally touch­ing to see the ef­fort the chil­dren had made to pro­duce a truly mem­o­rable day for our clients. Many do not have fam­ily nearby and of­ten com­ing to our Lunch Club is the only so­cial in­ter­ac­tion they have. See­ing the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween old and young was mag­i­cal.

“Their faces lit up when they saw the chil­dren and the whole at­mos­phere was even more lively and happy than usual.

“We very much ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port from Sweet­croft Day Care and look for­ward to join­ing with them again. On be­half of ev­ery­one at Age UK Hilling­don, I’d like to thank ev­ery per­son who was in­volved in mak­ing it such a spe­cial day.”

The café team of cook Lisa Fraser, along with reg­u­lar vol­un­teers Paddy and Ellen were ably as­sisted by Glaxo Smith Kline vol­un­teers Molly Healey and Katy Feld­stein. The chil­dren were re­warded with an ice cream for their hard work.

n CEL­E­BRA­TION: Macey gives a card. Be­low left, Georgia, Rose and Macey and be­low right, Age UK Hilling­don chief ex­ec­u­tive, Pe­ter Okali. Bot­tom, the cafe team and vis­i­tors

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