A message from Sally, Recovery Co-ordinator at Littlemore Recovery Group…
A big congratulations and thank you to everyone who helped make our Festive Get-together yesterday such a success! All our members, staff and volunteers worked so hard in the days and weeks leading up to the event to provide some real festive cheer for the service users at Littlemore Mental Health Centre. I think we can safely say our mission was accomplished with such delicious food on offer and the café looking and feeling so friendly and fun. We also raised £434.82, which as far as I know is the most we’ve ever made on any event in Littlemore Recovery Group’s short history.
We could not have done it without some extra help from some fantastic family & friends – a huge thank you goes out to our amazing unofficial volunteers John and Judy Harris for stepping in at the last minute to help ferry provisions in their car, make mince pies, fix our broken kitchen cupboard, wash up, set up the café and even provide festive quilts to decorate the walls!
Trev Williams and Toby Lockyer both generously gave up their time and talents at this busy busy time of year to provide some fabulous live music. It was really wonderful to have some live entertainment and lots of our guests commented on the warm and welcoming atmosphere. We’re really grateful to you both for helping to create that.
We were also really lucky to have the help of our new volunteer Simon who came in specially on his day off to provide support in the shop and kitchen and somehow even found time to tidy up our delivery yard! It’s brilliant to have you as part of our team now Simon. Also thanks for Caroline, a volunteer from Banbury, who came in on Wednesday morning and helped get our weekly ward shopping orders done to free us up for festive preparations.
Thank you also to the Trustees, Senior Managers and other Restore and Oxford Health staff who took time out of their busy schedules to come along and support the event (and a special mention to new Trustee Mark who came along early to get stuck into the washing up!)
Finally, I think we should all adopt Aoife’s suggestions below to help us stay well over the rest of the festive season!