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On Saturday 2 September, the garden gates of Fremantle Court opened up for a delightful community gathering that brought residents and staff together for a day of joy. This heartwarming event was not just about fun; it had a meaningful purpose as well. The day’s activities managed to raise an impressive £248.60, all of which was dedicated to the residents’ comfort fund, ensuring that their well-being remains a top priority.

The event welcomed special guests – PCSOs Natasha, Emma, and Rose – who joined in the wet sponge-throwing activity. An exciting dog show, led by Fremantle Court’s very own nurse, Ruth, was another highlight of the day. Ruth, who also trains sniffer dogs with Sniffer Dogs UK, showcased her impressive talents.

The event catered to all tastes, with classic attractions like the coconut shy and tombola, making sure there was something for everyone to enjoy. Attendees had the opportunity to savour a variety of refreshments too, including cups of tea, cakes and delightful candyfloss.

The success of the event was evident from the positive feedback given. Barbara Hickman’s family thought the day was ‘well-set up’ and ‘thoroughly enjoyed it’. Meanwhile, Doreen Hardy marvelled at the beautiful garden setting, saying, “It was lovely to be out in the garden, and it was amazing to see how well-trained the dogs were.”

Hamish Hollis-Hill, the Lifestyle and Wellbeing Lead, emphasised the importance of these community events. He noted: “These community events are so important to foster engagement between adults at risk and the communities they’re a part of. We feel it’s very important to support our residents to participate in their community in a manner that suits their needs and safety.”

The community event was a resounding success, not only as a fundraiser but also as a testament to the power of community engagement and well-being for residents and their families.