Over 80 Southwell & District Live at Home members celebrated VE Day in the comfort of their own homes whilst enjoying a delightful mini Afternoon Tea. The community spirit really shone through as local Turtle Doves and Southwell Torpedos volunteers came together to deliver the mini treat direct to the doorsteps of local residents who remember the original VE Day.
Whilst many people throughout the town celebrated in their gardens, members of the scheme tucked into locally baked Atherley’s scones and freshly prepared finger sandwiches all brought together by Lisa and Will of the Hearty Goodfellow. Drivers dressed up in 1940s outfits and drove out with their deliveries to the beautiful voice of Vera Lynn and a round of applause from residents on Church Street.
The local charity, MHA Southwell & District Live at Home, was set up over 20 years ago specifically to help reduce social isolation and loneliness in people over 60 and despite the lockdown they are still working hard to ensure that everyone on their database continues to be part of celebrations, activities and community events. During the regular ‘Check in and Chat Calls’ which provide an opportunity to resolve any potential problems with shopping and medication delivery, members also have an opportunity to talk about current affairs, hobbies and of course reminisce.
Over 15 hours of calls were made to members by staff and volunteers to make this VE Day treat possible and during those calls memories were shared of street parties, beach parties, trips to London, favourite foods, preparations, war time difficulties, and that all important Community Spirit.
“I felt very special, the afternoon tea was beautifully presented and very tasty – Thank everyone involved and Thank you for always making sure we are remembered.”
“I was only 5 years old on VE Day but I distinctly remember it was the very first time I had tasted a sausage roll and that the Jelly and Custard was delicious.”
“It really is a wonderful thing you have done by delivering these afternoon teas – Thank you so much.”
Activities and events such as these cannot happen without the support of the community and local donations, the Scheme would also like to thank Southwell Town Council for their financial contribution. Strict social distancing measures and protocols were in place at all stages of the food preparation and delivery.
This is just one of many opportunities the Scheme is providing for individuals to socialise and feel connected whilst at home self-isolating and they have room for more people to enjoy the benefits of their social and practical support.
For more information on how to join or on how to make a donation please contact 01636 816565 or firstname.lastname@example.org