Welcare’s Redhill centre, in partnership with Holy Trinity Church, hosted a garden party for 150 on Thursday 19 May in the grounds of Timperley Gardens Scout Hut. The event, attended by both the Rt. Revd Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon and Councillor Mrs Joan Spiers, Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, celebrated the continuing work of Welcare with families in East Surrey.
The afternoon began with a Service of Thanksgiving when Bishop Jonathan used the parable of feeding the 5000 to illustrate the importance of giving people what they need. Welcare CEO, Anna Khan, went on to talk about Welcare’s work in East Surrey before a choir from St Matthews Primary School gave a spirited rendition of “This Little Light of Mine.”
The difference Welcare can make was illustrated by a Redhill mother, who told how the charity had helped her and her family to find housing, and to deal with other issues, including illness. She said: “Welcare helped me a lot, they changed my life, from the darkness to the brightness”.
As the service ended, the sun came out to shine on outdoor games and activities, including an obstacle course, storytelling, arts and crafts, and a feast of fresh fruit, sandwiches and other party food. Centre Manager, Julie Mitchell, says: “The event had a festival atmosphere; people were laid back, and having fun. One of the great things about Welcare is the way it helps everyone to celebrate their own potential. We are delighted so many of the local community could join in.”
The event was held in partnership with Timperley Church, with the Parish of Holy Trinity. The Church is based in the Scout Hall and provides a safe and creative place for children and parents. This includes worship on a Sunday morning with free bacon rolls and tea, a Tuesday evening youth group and Bingo nights. Welcare holds Messy Play sessions in Timperley Gardens for local families.