Generations united as congregations from local churches, Almshouses residents and their families enjoyed a sunny afternoon in the 400 year old courtyard at one of Croydon’s oldest buildings.
Guests were entertained by live music from local rhythm and blues band, Colonel Boogie, as well as having the opportunity to win raffle and tombola prizes or buy handmade products at an array of stalls.
More than £1,200 was raised at the ‘back to school’ themed event with proceeds going to local charity, Small Steps for Sophie, and the residents’ own social fund.
Small Steps for Sophie was set up by the parents of four year old Cerebral Palsy sufferer Sophie, to enable her to undergo life changing operations and allow her to walk independently.
Sophie was given the important task at the event of drawing the raffle. Terry and Lisa, Sophie’s parents, said: “We would like to thank all those involved in organising and attending the Garden Party, it was a lovely day which we all thoroughly enjoyed. We are extremely grateful for the funds raised for Sophie and hope that her dream of being able to walk unaided will be a reality soon.”
Organisers and Almshouse Wardens, Jovita Rodrigues and Michelle Mullane, said: “This year’s Garden Party was fantastic and enjoyed by all who attended. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped out particularly the many youngsters who gave up their time to support us.”
Resident David Gilbert, said: “We look forward to welcoming guests to our annual Garden Party. The ambience, weather, music and excellent support all combined to make for a wonderful and memorable garden party. The Almshouses courtyard enables an intimate but relaxing atmosphere.”
The Whitgift Almshouses is home to 15 residents over the age of 60 and was founded in 1596 by Archbishop John Whitgift as the start of The Whitgift Foundation – see notes to editors for more information about its history.