Free local Older Persons Christmas Dinner
Over 35 older persons attended a free Christmas dinner at Worthing High on 13 December.
Worthing High School received £500 funding from local housebuilder, CALA Homes earlier this year. The funding was awarded as part of the housebuilder’s 2018 Community Bursary scheme, which was launched in February 2018.
The CALA Homes Community Bursary invited local charities, organisations and groups across Sussex to apply for funding towards a project that would benefit their local community. Worthing High School was selected as one of the lucky recipients, with the funding going towards a festive Christmas lunch for 60 elderly people from the local community, who might be spending Christmas alone this year.
On Thursday last week (13 December), older persons from the local area came to Worthing High School to enjoy a 3 course Christmas dinner and they also attended the school’s annual Carol Concert.
Karen Hayler, Business Manager at Worthing High School, said: “We were really pleased to have received this funding as part of CALA Homes’ 2018 Community Bursary scheme, which has enabled us to host this dinner. By providing 60 local elderly people with a lovely, warm meal, we hope we were able to spread some joy to them at this festive time of year and help them feel a little less isolated. The event certainly raised the spirits of our guests, as well as helping our students to appreciate the gift of being able to spend time with their families at Christmas, when others may not be in such a privileged position. We hope the success of this project will enable us to carry it on, year-on-year. Our students also donated gifts to make every guest a hamper to take home and after their meal they all joined our annual Christmas Carol Concert which was followed by mulled punch and mince pies.”
Richard Walbourn, Managing Director of CALA Homes (South Home Counties), said: “When we launched the Community Bursary scheme, we didn’t expect to receive so many amazing applications from such incredible local causes and it made selecting the successful groups extremely difficult. We chose Worthing High School to receive a £500 donation due to the care and compassion they show for not only the local elderly, but their wider community, and we are delighted to be able to work with them on this project. As a developer that strives to give back to the communities in which we build, we are thrilled to support both young and old on this project.”