Whitgift Care reviews a memorable year of 2015 filled with an array of activities for residents.
The start of the year was full of fun and successful events and engaging activities for residents across Whitgift Care, all thanks to our dedicated activities coordinators. Events ranged from a sophisticated high tea in honour of Dignity Action Day at Wilhelmina House with a famous Lyons Tea House Nippy serving tea and cake, to a fancy dress pyjama party at Whitgift House with hot chocolate and a yummy midnight feast.
February marked the start of many fundraising events that raised money for local and national charities. The Whitgift Almshouses raised close to £1000 throughout the year, of which £250 was generated during Lent for Croydon Floating Shelter.
Summer brought the Croydon Heritage Festival and the annual garden parties. Whitgift House and the Whitgift Almshouses Garden Parties were both a great success, themed ‘Royalty for a Day’ to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II as the longest reigning monarch. Almshouses residents, guests and staff were joined by the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Patricia Hay-Justice, the party raised over £600 with the funds going to Action for Blind People. Another achievement was the artistic skills of Whitgift and Wilhelmina House residents being showcased at the Croydon Heritage Festival exhibition held in the Whitgift Centre; their artwork was displayed for the general public to admire.
Throughout the year Whitgift Foundation Schools have on many occasions visited or invited residents to watch students perform. Old Palace Prep School choir sang beautifully to residents of Whitgift and Wilhelmina House; the Harvest Festival performance at Wilhelmina House was a true delight. Residents also attended the eagerly awaited Trinity Christmas Party enjoying live music performed by students. Trips to Whitgift School were arranged giving residents the opportunity to visit the incredible grounds and feed the exotic birds including flamingos, peacocks and crown cranes.
The winter months brought events that had residents wearing their fanciest frocks and creative costumes. Wilhelmina House dressed to impress at their Wear It Pink afternoon for Breast Cancer Now. At Whitgift House, residents dressed down for a soup kitchen experience, raising further funds for Croydon Floating Shelter.
As 2016 begins, Whitgift Care looks forward to another year of fantastic and creative events and activities - who knows what our activities staff have in store for our residents!