Cherish Christmas Gathering

The festive period is over and as we bring in a New Year we are looking forward to continuing the fantastic work we deliver at Home Instead.  

Over this holiday period we have continued to deliver service to those in need of assistance in their own homes as well as providing continuity of care to all of our clients.

Since 2012, one of our Care Quality Supervisors, Pam Nickson has gone the extra mile and arranged a Christmas day meal each year for those who would otherwise be on their own.  This year, they had wonderful volunteers who also helped on the day including drivers to pick up and drop off guests, and helpers who served food, drinks and helped with food preparation.  Home Instead's own apprentice, Mia Higgins, gave up some of her free time on the day to assist with activities, which she said gave her 'vast amounts of satisfaction'. Other CAREgiver’s supported the day by giving their time and gifts also.

Following the Christmas day meal in 2013 Pam and her husband Dave decided to name the group 'Cherish'. The group continues to meet every two months and they enjoy visiting restaurants and spending time together.

A three course lunch was served including a starter, Traditional Christmas dinner and dessert. Guests were chatting away to people they had never met before and one lady brought her birthday cake to share.  Following this was a game of prize bingo where everyone received lovely prizes after the meal and afterwards was the great magician Paul Sylvester who did some amazing close up magic. Everyone was amazed at his tricks.

It was simply a fantastic day to see people coming together to make this happen. Hesketh Bank Christian Centre donated the venue, their time and food, and many generous people supported with gifts, vouchers and money. The local butcher even donated a huge turkey, enough to feed over 22 people on the day.

Pam put it brilliantly - “It was lovely to see how this project brings many people together. As I work with Home Instead, this is the second year they have helped donating money and food vouchers towards gifts for the guests.” Pam also says that “Without God being the centre of this it wouldn’t be possible as it was through Him that the project was formed.”

At Home Instead we strive for exceptional care for all of our clients and it’s brilliant that we can have members of our team willing to give up their time to help those around us in the community.

The people who attended had some touching things to say and it reinforces how much the Cherish group makes a difference.

One of the ladies who attended said “Thank you so much to everyone that was involved, I had a lovely time and I went away feeling warm and cuddled.”