Residents and staff at Care South’s Fern Brook Lodge care home in Gillingham have hosted a phenomenal Mad Hatter-themed tea party to raise awareness of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, which provides care to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.
The work of the hospice increases people’s physical and social wellbeing, reduces isolation and loneliness, and alleviates the huge pressure placed on family and carers.
Chef Darren and kitchen assistants Alicia and Jackie prepared a wonderful buffet for the residents which included a variety of sandwiches, carrot cake and Victoria sponge, jellies and mousses, plus scones with jam and cream. Not forgetting a large rabbit made of green jelly.
Jan Howell, Activities Lead at Fern Brook Lodge, commented: ‘We all had a fantastic time with this tea party, and everyone got thoroughly involved in making the day a success for the residents. The Oak lounge was decorated with lovely tea pots, cups and saucer bunting and themed playing cards.
‘Staff and residents donned white rabbit ears, pocket watches, mad hatter and white rabbit hats, red wigs, playing cards and a very impressive queen of hearts costume for the occasion. Residents played “put the lid on the teapot” and there was also a fun quiz. At the end of the tea party, the ‘white rabbit raffle’ was drawn and the resident winners received some lovely prizes.’