Local Community comes together to deliver Harvest Festival Hampers to the Elderly

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We at Guardian Angel Carers won’t let the pandemic stop our local community of compassionate care. We have recently joined forces with Barfoots Uk and Runcton Farm Shop to deliver Harvest Festival Hampers, in place of the usual social events usually held at Guardian Angel Carers HQ in Chichester, to support the elderly.

During the years, from February to December, we aim to host at least nine monthly themed afternoon teas and lunch events for our Golden Angels to bring companionship and love. These events are held for the elderly community to come together to have a catch-up and combat feeling lonely and isolated. However, with the unfortunate pandemic of Covid-19 putting a halt to these events this year 2020, we have been unable to host on events. Although, Covid-19 hasn’t allowed us to carry out our normal events for the vulnerable and elderly we have innovated the way we carry these events to ensure our community of Golden Angels can still receive a hello from a friendly face. In May 2020 we carried out a delivery for VE day, providing afternoon tea. Following on from the success of our VE day event we have recently delivered Harvest Festival Hampers and made phone calls for a chat to alleviate the sense of isolation and put a smile on people’s faces during the start of Autumn as evenings become dark and people are less able to get out.

All our CareAngels donated a selection of goodies to put in the hampers from homemade cakes, tea, coffee, pasta, soup, and more, along with generous donations from Barfoots UK who donated over 65 boxes with a wonderful array of fresh vegetables and Runcton Farm Shop who also donated a selection of biscuit boxes. We are so thankful for the support shown within our community.

Not only did our CareAngels support in donating to the Harvest Festival Hampers they also set off to deliver over 65 hampers, in Fareham and Gosport, Havant and Emsworth, Chichester, Bognor Regis to Worthing, and surrounding areas to brighten up our Golden Angel’s day. Providing all with comforting autumn produce to make fresh meals and a companionship chat from a friendly face at the door.

Julie Hughes, our Community Engagement Manager said, “We would like to thank Barfoots UK and Runcton Farm shop and all our care angels who donated to the hampers, it was a delight to see the joy it brought to so many people and how much they appreciated the social interaction. We look forward to continuing our social communications, especially at challenging times such as these”.

With Christmas around the corner, we are already starting to brainstorm and plan what we could give to our Golden Angels instead of the usual Christmas lunch and singalong. Although we are sure the singalong will still be carried out in a new carol way.

If you feel you know of someone who would benefit from a little uplift of companionship, then please contact us as we would love to grow our list of Golden Angels.