Children help older residents raise money for disaster appeal
Published by Penny Allison for Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing in Housing
Enjoying afternoon tea and raising money for the Philippines appeal
When children from Dale House School in Batley donated their harvest festival hampers to their local retirement living scheme this year, they didn’t know they would also be helping children half way across the world.
But when the residents of Denham Court received their packages, KNH scheme coordinator, Melanie Goodall, had the bright idea of using some of the items to make a communal lunch to help raise money for the Oxfam Philippines typhoon appeal.
The tenants then decided to combine proceeds from the lunch with those from a pie & pea supper and an afternoon tea & gift sale. Altogether, residents from Denham, Wellington and Beaumont Courts in Batley, as well as Walker Street in Dewsbury, raised £267 for the appeal.
According to Melanie, the events were well attended, and though they were hard work for the volunteer helpers, “there has been much chatter, joviality and laughter filling the air from these much appreciated social gatherings, which really made harvest festival special this year.
“We’d like to thank everyone who helped make them all such a success, especially the children from Dale House, whose generosity inadvertently prompted this wonderful gesture by our older tenants.”