Camelot House and Lodge welcomed an amazing 150 guests on the day of the annual summer fete. Big thanks to the Friends of Camelot who helped organise the fete and ran the various stalls, as well as the activities team – Richard Dempslake, Angie Moore, Emily-Anne Williams, and Lesley Hunter – who made sure the day ran smoothly and worked closely with the Friends, and to the Mayor of Wellington who officially opened the fete.

There was a great range of stalls, including tombola, bric-a-brac, plant stall, book stall, cake stall, barbecue with burgers, hotdogs and pizzas, ice- cream stand, and homemade lemonade stand. Fundraising games proved very popular, such as ‘Guess how many sweets in the jar’, ‘Name the bear’ and ‘Guess the weight of the cake,’ as well as a raffle with star prizes of a £75 gift voucher, two tickets to London from Berry’s coaches and a voucher for an Indian head massage.

Dennis the Entertainer was busy throughout the day, interacting with residents, guests and staff. Resident Margaret Higgins won the title of ‘Disco Queen.’
In all over £800 pounds was raised, and it was a delight to see the residents having such fun with their families and staff members.

Activities co-ordinator, Richard Dempslake, said: “Our arrangements for the day were carefully planned to avoid disturbing residents using the lounges and other communal areas of the Home, and all guest access was via the sensory garden so that residents’ safety was not compromised in any way.

“My team and I would like to express our thanks for all the help given by our manager Sam Paddon, deputy manager Bonnie Frear, chef Chris Morris, administrator Ali Chard-Maple, trainer David Weller, Angela and John Teasale, all the amazing Friends of Camelot and other volunteers, and finally to the staff who were working on the day.

“We had lovely weather, everyone enjoyed themselves and left with arms full of prizes and goodies bought from the stalls. We had some very lovely comments made by guests, residents and staff. All in all it was a great day!”

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