Christmas may seem like a distant memory, but we were reminded of the fun we had in the run up to the big day when we presented two cheques recently. That’s because this money was raised through our Christmas raffle and by selling goodies and gifts made by residents and staff in our special pop-up festive shop.
Gina Awad came in on behalf of the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance to collect a cheque for £350. This vital group does so much to promote dementia awareness and support across the local community. Green Tree Court is proud to donate this amount to become co-sponsors of a very special dementia play that will be performed in Exeter. And we were also happy to hand over a cheque for £177 to Julie Patterson, Regional Fundraiser for South West Parkinson’s UK, a charity chosen by our residents to receive these funds.
Helen Rushton, Green Tree Court Home Director, said: “We are delighted to be able to support these two important organisations – and to remember all the fun we had raising the money in the run up to Christmas. Every year our library transforms for the festive season into shop packed with homemade treats, decorations and gifts. It’s a great chance for our residents to showcase their handiwork and raise money for charity. Our award-winning kitchen team and other members of staff also got involved, with delicious chutneys, Christmas cake, and other goodies available to buy.
“The shop was open to residents, staff, family and friends and we also opened our shop doors to the local community. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to keep the shop stocked or bought items or raffle tickets to enable us to make these donations.“