A double treat turned into a hat trick for residents of Lakeview Rest Homes which are based in Lytham St Annes.
Residents, family, friends and care teams from the four homes (The Moorings, Rosewood Lodge, Lake View and Newfield Lodge) came together at the prestigious Moorings to enjoy a spectacular garden party which celebrated Lakeview Rest Homes 30th Anniversary of providing quality care to residents in the Fylde. And to make it a hat trick they raised money for their chosen charities too, namely for Brian House Children’s Hospice and The Diana Award.
So celebration, fun and generosity all rolled into the one spectacular occasion.
The 1980’s themed garden party brought back happy memories for many – and proved a revelation to those visitors who cannot recall that time, or who were not even born then! This was the case for the youngest visitor, little Coric France, just one month old. His mum Rebecca is a carer at the Moorings and was delighted to show off the latest edition to Lakeview’s extended family to director Peter Wood and residents.
After previously dubious weather, the clouds lifted and blue skies and sun welcomed over 200 people who attended the event. It was certainly a relief for Claire Henning, Sales and Relationship Manager, who said, “We have been busy for weeks and were all praying for the sun to come out and it certainly did. We could not have asked for better weather or a better occasion.”
Joe ‘Nicey’ Nice, aka Royal Marine Joe Mc Phee, proved the perfect Master of Ceremonies, and he changed persona to Dj as GI Joe and entertained everyone with 80’s music, including Wham, Rick Astley and many others.
Resident Audrey Edwards commented, “What a great afternoon. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the music was brilliant – I felt like getting up to dance, and at the very least it got my feet tapping!”
There was something for everyone, including various stalls, food and entertainment.
Children, many of whom were grandchildren of residents, or the children of the care teams, delighted in showing off their facial designs, and some had come prepared -dressed in 1980’s attire. Tommy, who came with his mum Tyra Kilgallon, made a splendid Michael Jackson.
A children’s entertainer, and the Magic Circle Magicians kept youngsters amused. But adults didn’t miss out either. Like many others Malcolm Yeadon was delighted to win a bottle of wine on the Bottle Tombola stall – so popular that it quickly sold out! So plenty of winners!
There was refreshments galore and Deputy Manager of Lakeview Kasia Tercjak’s cake stall of homemade delights appealed to those with a sweet tooth, whilst others preferred tasty burgers and sausages skilfully barbequed by Claire Burke.
For some the Club Tropicana Bar proved a popular and thirst quenching attraction, whilst others, such as residents Clive Fort and Kath Sharples enjoyed a quick ride in “Daisy,” Lakeview’s classic car. This 1937 Morris 8, four seat drop-head tourer was skillfully driven, on this occasion, by director and fellow co-founder of Lakeview, Peter Wood senior.
Kath Sharples said, “The place is wonderful. The staff always go the extra mile to make the events special – and in this case quite literally so.”
Peter Wood senior remarked: “I can’t believe that it is 30 years since my wife Marie opened our first rest home. How proud she would have been! Sadly she passed away earlier this year but she would have loved to see this. All her family, and by that she meant her own family, residents and their families, our care teams and all those involved at Lakeview, enjoying and sharing in this special occasion.”
“Daisy” had a double role that day – not just providing a classic drive, but also featuring in the Lakeview Charity Auction too.
As Peter’s son and fellow director Pete explained, “This charity auction is to raise money for our chosen charities Brian House and the Diana Award. Brian House has been specially designed to offer specialised respite care in a child friendly environment. They aim to give ‘mum’ a break from the 24-hour demands of her child with multiple complex needs, to give ‘dad’ a chance to see his wife as more than just a nurse and to give siblings time to be the centre of attention for a while.
The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. Their mission is to inspire positive change in young people’s lives.”
The charity auction was a great success and Peter Wood did the honours as auctioneer. Thanks to the generosity of the people and business of the area there was something to appeal to everyone, including a chauffeur driven ride in Daisy followed by high tea at Lytham Hall, a bottle of wine signed by the PM Theresa May, an Acer Tablet, a Fortnum and Mason Hamper and restaurant vouchers . Sport fans had the opportunity to bid for a football signed by the 2016/17 Manchester United squad, a signed Everton football, a signed Lionel Messi Barcelona Shirt, tickets to a Lancashire Cricket Club Match, and six months membership of the YMCA.
Lakeview is all about family, and Peter’s other son Nick, who is also actively involved in the family business, had thoroughly enjoyed the day and so too had his young children who accompanied him to the Garden Party.
Nick said. “”Lakeview is a family business where the people who live and work with us are truly valued. I’m proud that as we enjoy our 30th year delivering quality care, the principle of ‘family matters’ still drives us today.
Events like this allow the Lakeview family to come together to do something worthwhile for those less fortunate than ourselves. Having personally visited Brian House, I was so moved by the work they do that I am currently in the process of becoming a part-time volunteer with the charity on a long-term basis.”
Being able to make the contribution we did at the garden party has yet again made me proud to be part of Lakeview.”