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A return of thanks to Swaffham service through vintage afternoon tea event




A vintage afternoon tea was held to show appreciation to a Swaffham service which has supported the organiser through her mental health struggles.

Joy Hallam enlisted the support of Swaffham & Litcham Home Hospice after she found herself struggling following a separation from her husband.

“I had a physical breakdown after my husband left me and took an overdose,” Ms Hallam said.

Vintage Tea Party for Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice held at Tottenhill Village Hall. Joy Hallam is pictured front left with Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice volunteer Annette Hardy third from left
Vintage Tea Party for Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice held at Tottenhill Village Hall. Joy Hallam is pictured front left with Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice volunteer Annette Hardy third from left

“The NHS is so full and I was advised to get in touch with the Swaffham and Litcham Home Hospice.

“This vintage tea enabled me to say thank you for the service they have given me.”

A total of £230 was raised through the vintage tea event, which was held at Tottenhill Village Hall on Monday.

Using vintage crockery and cake stands as well as old records for teapot stands, a selection of sandwiches and cakes were served. A raffle was also held.

And Ms Hallam said she will be taking on a “new venture to change my life” through running a new afternoon tea service called ‘Tilly’s Afternoon Teas’.

Annette Hardy, who volunteers at the hospice, was in attendance at the tea.

She had advised Ms Hallam to use the Hospice at Swaffham, where Wendy Martin has been looking after her.

Mrs Martin said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Joy for organising the cream tea to raise money for us.

“We support people with cancer and in need of grief counselling so the money will go into a big pot for all of that.”



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