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The Rotary Clubs of Barnsley held their Special SuperQueen Superjam Afternoon Tea Party in April in order to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday and her extraordinary life and what an amazing event it was!
The Tea Party was once again sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care’s Bring Joy Foundation – the charity which has been established in order to literally ‘bring joy’ into the lives of elderly people. ‘Joy’ was certainly on the menu at the Holiday Inn in Barnsley where the Superjam Tea Parties are held on a monthly basis.
With around 200 guests, there was music by the sensational Susan St Nicholas, who had prepared a special show with music through the years and singing and dancing… Everyone had dressed in red, white, blue and/or sparkle.
One of the new guests, David, had bought some Union Jack socks especially for the occasion. David said afterwards that he had thoroughly enjoyed the party and could not wait until the next one! He said he had been duped out of £900 by someone on an on-line dating site and felt lonely and socially isolated. The Barnsley Chronicle had recommended that he attends these events and he has never looked back. He has made many friends and is one of the first on to the dance floor. David says he would recommend the events to anyone who is feeling lonely and isolated as they will make many friends.
At the end of the event, everyone sang Land of Hope & Glory and the National Anthem and it was undoubtedly a very special and emotional occasion.
The photograph shows two of the regular guests, Edwin and Christina Galbraith, Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver. Christina said afterwards, “Kathy – it has been absolutely fantastic…. To see the joy on everyone’s faces is wonderful. I would encourage anyone who is elderly, lonely and/or socially isolated to get in touch with the Rotary Clubs of Barnsley or Home Instead Senior Care Sheffield & Barnsley and book on to the next one."
One of the CAREGivers, Angela Morris said “Thank you for another wonderful afternoon. We both had a brilliant time and the entertainment was smashing.. ."
Andrew Wilkinson, President Elect of Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club said “I wish I could have bottled and sold the atmosphere – it was amazing!."
At a recent Tea Party, there were representatives from the NHS and one said that it was a wonderful event and should be prescribed by a GP for those who are elderly/lonely and/or socially isolated – she said it would be far better than medication.
Home Instead continue to be very grateful to Fraser Doherty/The Jam Boy and founder of Superjam who supplies his wonderful sugarless Superjam for the beautiful scones which are donated by Wayne and Rebecca Padgett of Haywood & Padgett in Barnsley.
The next Superjam Afternoon Tea Party in Barnsley will be held on Tuesday, 17 May during ‘Dementia Awareness Week’ – tickets are limited so please contact Kathy Markwick from Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club on 0114 2830827 if you would like to attend.
Home Instead have also now arranged a Special Free SuperQueen Superjam Afternoon Tea Party at The Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield (next to Sheffield United FC), on Sunday, 5 June. The free tickets are strictly limited to 100 and these will be on a first-come first-served basis.
If anyone would like to book, please contact Kathy Markwick ASAP.