Festive tea that unites
ASOUTHPORT solicitors hosted a festive afternoon tea for elderly residents who may be lonely or isolated this Christmas.
Local schools and businesses and a brass band helped out to make sure Hodge Halsall’s event went off successfully at the Boxtree Kitchen in Churchttown last Wednesday.
Guests were greeted by Gordon Hatton, partner at Hodge Halsall, and his brass band the Skelmersdale Prize Band.
They were then treated to freshly baked delights – mince pies, scones, salmon and turkey rolls and all the tea they could drink.
Father Christmas even made a visit, and handed out presents and helped spread the festive cheer.
A Hodge Halsall spokeswoman said: “It started off as a conversation between colleagues and quickly escalated from an idea to a plan of action.
“Staff started contacted nursing homes, care providers and churches looking for guests to invite, which worryingly didn’t take long to fill all 30 seats.
“The date was booked for December 12, and personal invitations went out inviting guests to the Boxtree Kitchen in Churchtown – a fantastic venue run by Yvonne Hodge and her army of volunteers.”
The guests were treated to Christmas carols thanks to Mr Ward, Mr Pritchard and their school choirs from Larkfield and Churchtown primary schools.
The Boxtree was full to the rafters with guests, children and plenty of festivities.
The event was made possible by the generosity and kindness of businesses and individuals who live and work in Southport.
Twenty-seven businesses donated towards the Spread the Joy event to help buy someone an afternoon tea, and many others purchased raffle tickets and helped raise over £800 for Hodge Halsall’s Charity of The Year, Queenscourt Hospice.
The hospice provides support for people with serious illnesses, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life.
Kate Thomas, head of income generation at Queenscourt, said: “It is fantastic that Hodge Halsall have organised such a lovely event at Queenscourt’s Boxtree Kitchen Churchtown.
“Their Christmas Afternoon Tea for older residents of Southport, who may be feeling particularly lonely at this time of year, will not only lift the in spirits of these more vulnerable members of our community, but will also fundraise for Queenscourt at the same time.
“We are delighted to be Hodge Halsall’s chosen Charity of The Year, and to be partnering with them on such a great initiative.”
Sarah Parkinson, of Hodge Halsall, said: “As a probate solicitor I deal with a lot of older people, some of which are quite vulnerable.
“It was a great opportunity to invite one of our own clients to the event, someone who we have been acting for since 2007.
“They have learning difficulties, are unable to live by themselves and unfortunately have no friends or family to visit, so, to be able to invite them to an event like this and show them they aren’t alone was such a positive experience.
“Through organising this event we’ve become more
Left, All the guests at the Spread The Joy event