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Festive Lunch Brings Christmas Cheer to Sheltered Housing Residents in Dorset

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Festive Lunch Brings Christmas Cheer to Sheltered Housing Residents in Dorset

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Published by Tina for Spectrum Housing Group in Housing

Sheila Keeley and Judith Bailey, organisers of the annual Trafalgar Court Christmas lunch, with residents of the sheltered housing scheme. Sheila Keeley and Judith Bailey, organisers of the annual Trafalgar Court Christmas lunch, with residents of the sheltered housing scheme.

A small, hard-working team at a sheltered housing scheme in Christchurch, Dorset, have worked together for the third year running to bring Christmas cheer to a group of elderly residents.

The annual Christmas lunch at Trafalgar Court was held on 15th December for 24 residents with limited mobility. Completely financed and arranged by the residents themselves, the traditional three-course meal was prepared by a small team who also live at the scheme.

“We came up with the idea three years ago, and each year send out an invitation to those living at the scheme who are not able to get about easily” said Mrs Sheila Keeley, one of the team who organised the lunch.

“The lunch is entirely self-funded by the residents who attend, and a small team of us run the lunch each year. We are very lucky to have a resident who used to work in catering who does most of the cooking. It’s always a very popular event and this year everyone enjoyed having a good natter!”

Just under 100 residents, aged between 55 and 95, live at the sheltered housing scheme located on Nelson Drive in Christchurch. The annual Christmas lunch serves as a great opportunity for residents to have a catch up and enjoy a bit of a social.

“This year’s event was a big success, and is a testament to the hard work of Sheila and the team who do all of the organising, shopping and cooking to ensure that everyone has a great Christmas” said Claire Henderson, resident involvement officer at Spectrum Western Challenge.

“The Christmas lunch has now become an annual tradition at the scheme and I know that it is something that a number of the residents really look forward to each year. It’s a great example of residents working together to build a strong community”.

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