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Asda Foundation grant helps guests enjoy 'brilliant' 40s-themed party

November 14, 2017 01:51pm
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Our Nuneaton store's community champion Melissa Hutchinson helped 60 elderly guests have a "brilliant" time at a 1940s-themed lunch featuring music, dancing and dressing up.

The event was run by Healthy Living Network's Newtown People's Pantry, a group Melissa volunteers with regularly, and was partly funded by an £800 Asda Foundation grant.

Melissa said: "It was brilliant! The guests had a fantastic time and so did I. The guests absolutely loved it and are already looking forward to the next one!

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Guests at the party

"There were more than 60 local elderly residents there. We had The Jitterbug Dance group giving lessons in how to do the Charleston. One lady called Elsie, who's 89, showed us her party trick – she did a lot of gymnastics when she was younger and can still touch her toes!

"We also had 40s music and brought in wartime artefacts from a local museum like scrapbooks, ration books and old newspaper cuttings which brought back so many memories. There was lots of great fancy dress too.

"A big thank you to the Asda Foundation for enabling us to make so many happy memories and bring back old ones for our local community."

Michelle Black is volunteer coordinator for Healthy Living Network, which aims to keep people healthy and active as well as providing activities. This event was held at Newtown Community Centre in Nuneaton.

She said: "It was really well attended with a great atmosphere. The guests were from our Newtown People's Pantry lunch club plus people from local care homes and other local residents.

"Our aim was to bring local people together who don't always get the chance to get out much, provide a cooked meal, give them the opportunity to meet new people and create memories for them too.

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Preparing food for the guests

"Melissa was brilliant; she really got involved with the planning and preparation for the event as well as on the day. We're really grateful for the £800 Asda Foundation grant too, it enabled us to add that little bit extra and make the event even more special."

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