A family fun day hosted by Swanton Community Support Hull has raised over £600 for charity, Happy Days.
Staff were joined by family, friends and members of the local community as they laid on a fun-filled day with extra help from the people they support.
On the run-up to the event, the team put on a tie-dye t-shirt making session for the people they support to produce colourful tops to sell on the day. Plus, resident Lewis Petch took to the kitchen where he baked cakes and pastries to raise money too.
The event itself included a bouncy castle and hook-a-duck for children, a tombola, BBQ, stalls and raffle. There was also entertainment from staff member Dave Naylor, who performed a selection of classic pop songs and then hosted a disco. The combined effort helped raise £630 for Swanton Care’s chosen charity, Happy Days.
For service manager Lisa Goodwin, it was incredible to see everyone’s hard work pay off.
Lisa said: “Throughout the fun day, there was something going on in every part of our grounds and it was really fabulous to see our guests enjoying themselves.
“The energy and enthusiasm that the people we support brought to the day was wonderful, they were so excited to be involved. I was very proud of everyone and their contributions.”
Staff had worked tirelessly to organise the event and to collect high-quality prizes for both the tombola and the raffle. Thanks to their hard work, there was a massive number of items to win and visitors were impressed by the selection they had to choose from.
Elsewhere, the cake stall was a huge hit, as were the burgers, hotdogs and jacket potatoes from the BBQ. For Lewis Petch, 39, who is supported by the service and did lots of baking, it was great to get stuck in and make a difference.
Lewis said: “I love making things in the kitchen, so it was brilliant to be able to bake cakes and pastries to sell.
“I helped out on the stall and that meant I got to speak to lots of the visitors. Like me, they were having a fantastic time and all in the name of such a good cause.”
Happy Days is a charity that organises and funds special days out for children in the UK living with mental, physical and emotional difficulties. Children can choose from a variety of days out, all hosted and funded by the charity, including museum, seaside, sporting, theatre and music trips, amongst others.
Lisa said: “We’re delighted to be able to give Happy Days the money we raised.
“Helping them has bought our whole team together and created even deeper bonds. I only began my job in January, so it’s been a year of settling in and finding my feet.
“The fun day made me incredibly proud of how we work together as a collective and I’m looking forward to hosting more successful fundraising events in the future.”