A local Care home started its countdown to Christmas with the switching on of the light on its giant outdoor Christmas tree yesterday.
Braving the icy conditions, staff and residents at Eastfield Hall and Lodge on Moss Road, Askern watched as Mayor of Askern Councillor Francis Jackson did the honours and lit up the 18 foot tree in the front garden of the Larchwood home.
Afterwards there was a communal sing-along of favourite Christmas carols around the tree, followed by warming mulled wine and mince pies.
The funds for the lights and the recently installed Santa’s grotto were raised by the Eastfield Bingo Club headed up by chair Mrs Anne Beckwith. A member of staff for more than 20 years, Mrs Beckwith runs a weekly bingo club that provides entertainment and a social activity for pensioners in the Askern area as well as raising funds.
Speaking at the event, Councillor Jackson acknowledged the place of the home in the community and thanked the volunteers “Eastfield Hall and Lodge provide an important and much needed service for the community. Like many organisations some of the more fringe benefits can only be provided as a consequence of the voluntary support given by those unseen and unacknowledged volunteers. So I ask you to show your appreciation not only for the dedication of the staff here but for the background workers known as the Friends of Eastfield Bingo Group who tirelessly organise bingo sessions raising funds for the benefit of the residents.”
Home manager Tracey Turner said “We’d like to say a big thank you to the Bingo Club for all they do for the home. We’re also very grateful to Councillor Jackson for giving up his time to join us this evening. The residents have really enjoyed it and it has kicked off the festivities for Christmas.
“Next week we will be hosting a massive Christmas dinner for more than 100 residents and their families, and tonight has been a great start to our celebrations.”
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