Family Fun at Home Instead’s Annual Summer BBQ  

Milo Van Parys ready for his Tombola customers!
Milo Van Parys ready for his Tombola customers!

The CAREGiving team at Home Instead Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk recently got together for their second annual summer BBQ where staff and their families enjoyed an afternoon of great food and good company.  After last year’s success the event was held again at Bishop Monkton village hall which offers great facilities and outdoor space, suitable for BBQ ‘al fresco’ entertaining and dining.  

Home Instead co-owners Andrew and Sheena Van Parys got stuck in and cooked the sausages and burgers which were supplied from local butchers Hutchinson’s of Ripley. While they did the cooking the rest of the management team were on hand to help serve the food and refreshments.

To keep the children (and adults!) entertained all afternoon UFO Leisure from Thirsk supplied the Bouncy Castle and the Big Purple Play Bus.

A tombolo, manned by the Van Parys children, was also on offer with some great prizes. The Home Instead team saw this as a good opportunity to raise important funds for two local charities in the Harrogate area. The Harrogate branch of the Parkinson’s Society who provide information and help directly to people who have come into contact with Parkinson's and Dementia Forward, a local registered charity providing support and information to anybody affected by dementia.

Overall the event was a huge success with 60 people enjoying the afternoon despite the intermittent rain showers and £60 was raised on the tombola to be split equally between the 2 charities.

Sheena Van Parys commented; ‘It was a good opportunity for the caregiving team to relax and catch up with each other and meet each other’s family.  Roll on next year for an even better and bigger event.’


For more information on the services offered by Home Instead or about joining the team, please call: Harrogate on 01423 774490 Ripon 01765 530400 or for Thirsk 01845 440510 or visit:

To find out more about Parkinson’s UK Harrogate call 01423 879079 or for Dementia Forward call their helpline on 01765 645904