Gilbert Court is retirement housing for residents aged 55 and over, made up of flats and bungalows. It has a very pro-active social club with a real focus on raising money for charity, also organising regular trips and events including fashion shows and food evenings ranging from ‘Pie and Peas’ to ‘Jamaican Nights’.
Fundraising activities have taken place throughout the year including raffles, bric-a-brac stalls, cake stalls and selling home made cards made at Gilbert Court’s very own craft group.
Funding to set up the craft group was provided by The Guinness Partnership, and a local charity provides Gilbert Court with 2 regular volunteers and a co-ordinator who run the craft group every fortnight.
Karen Winch, Independent Living Advisor at Gilbert Court, said: “Our residents work tirelessly each year to raise money for Macmillan. The craft group has proved to be incredibly popular and residents have shown their competitive side in terms of their skills and the cards that they are producing. Then, on the day of the Macmillan Coffee Morning, a fabulous cake stall is conjured up between them, tea and coffee is served and raffle tickets are sold and drawn.
“After the money is counted, we all cheer and then take a breath until the work starts again for next year’s coffee morning.”