15 May 2023

Fareham Volunteers Host Afternoon Tea Fit For A King

Volunteering was at the heart of the King’s Coronation Big Help Out initiative which saw older people in Fareham enjoy a right royal knees-up.

The celebratory afternoon tea, organised by Community First and 22 volunteers, was made possible thanks to money raised in the local community, together with donated goodies from both the Co-Op and Tesco.

Trinity Church Hall in the town was a sea of red, white and blue, with many of the 50 party-goers matching their outfits to the colours of the Union flag. Bunting and paper flowers were handmade locally by The Crafty Makery and the best China provided by 19Fourteas Tea Room in Havant.

Thanks to the monetary donations of over £1100, prosecco, cream, and bread from the Co-op at Gudge Heath Lane Fareham, Tea, coffee and jam from Tesco, and gifts left over from Christmas for the raffle, the afternoon was a truly great success. £127.00 was also raised through a raffle and guest donations added another £85. You can still donate through the JustGiving page as well to help us run future events for our community.

Following the afternoon tea guests were treated to songs from the Singing for Wellbeing choir.

Tim Houghton, Chief Executive of Community First, said: “It was great that Community First could be part of this lovely event on such a memorable weekend. I think everyone in the voluntary sector is delighted that King Charles put volunteering at the heart of his Coronation, because many organisations can’t survive without volunteers.”

Jo Isgar, Community First Wellbeing Worker, said: “Everyone had the most wonderful afternoon. Watching the faces of the guests light up was such a special moment and I feel so honoured to have been a part of it.”

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