Residents thank local community for christmas treat
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities
Flood victims from a housing estate for the over 55”s in Bicester thanked kind hearted neighbours for laying on a special Christmas party.
Residents from Hanover Gardens in Bicester were forced to spend Christmas day away from their homes when the river Bure burst its banks on Christmas Eve and flooded the estate.
The Christmas treat is largely thanks to local man Neil Harding, an army private in the 23 pioneer regiment who along with some local businesses set up a facebook group called ‘Xmas dinner for Hanover House residents’. The campaign has been so successful that over 300 followers have pledged their support.
Hanover resident 70 year old Anita Rance said: It was a lovely dinner. The turkey was cooked perfectly. I also really enjoyed having a little dance with my friends and neighbours.”
The invitation to the Christmas party was also extended to Hanover staff and the emergency services who were instrumental in helping to place residents in temporary accommodation and to carry out the necessary safety checks over the Christmas period.
Nick Sedgwick assistant director for Hanover said: “After a particularly challenging couple of weeks its great to know that a few smiles have been put back on some residents faces.”
Twenty-nine residents have returned to their homes with a further 18 currently staying in temporary accommodation.