Crafty fundraising by women at Terrington St John care home

Terrington St John Burman House fete: From left, residents Joan Poole, Vera McColl, Connie Elsey and June Harper, with a combined age of over 350 years, ran a crafts stall with items they had made themselves.   Behind are manageress Philippa Riches (left) and organiser, Angie Bligh. MLNF16PB08456 ANL-160817-113728001
Terrington St John Burman House fete: From left, residents Joan Poole, Vera McColl, Connie Elsey and June Harper, with a combined age of over 350 years, ran a crafts stall with items they had made themselves. Behind are manageress Philippa Riches (left) and organiser, Angie Bligh. MLNF16PB08456 ANL-160817-113728001

Staff, families and friends all helped make the second annual fete at Terrington St John’s Burman House Residential Home on Saturday a big success, although the biggest stars were four of the residents themselves.

Joan Poole, aged 90, Vera McColl ,87, Connie Elsie, 88, and June Harper, 87, produced a stall packed with craft items which they had made with their own hands.

The event, organised by Angie Bligh, Kay Rayner, Linda Youngs and Linda Fisher, packed out two large lawns at the home and included competitions, bric-a-brac stalls and tables loaded with a multitude of items for sale plus attractions for children.

Last year the event raised more than £1,000 for the home’s amenities fund and it is hoped the figure will similar this year.

“We have got 30 residents and the money will be used for things such as musical entertainment and trips out,” said Ms Bligh. “Without Angie and her band of willing helpers this would not have been possible,” said manageress, Philippa Riches. “The money will make a massive difference to the residents here.”

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