Charity celebrates 40th anniversary

wet  Pictured at the 40th anniversary party at Benedicts are staff Carol Ellis, Sarah Darracott, David Dicken, Megan Williams, Ann Banks, Sally Branfoot, Yvonne Johnson and visitors Elizabeth, Adrian and Isobel Donoghue.  (110810M4b)
wet Pictured at the 40th anniversary party at Benedicts are staff Carol Ellis, Sarah Darracott, David Dicken, Megan Williams, Ann Banks, Sally Branfoot, Yvonne Johnson and visitors Elizabeth, Adrian and Isobel Donoghue. (110810M4b)

A CHARITY that offers help to people with learning difficulties has celebrated a milestone birthday at a Wetherby care home.

St Anne’s Community Services provides support to a wide range of disadvantaged people including the homeless, people addicted to alcohol and drugs, and people with learning disabilities.

wet  Brian Just entertains at the 40th anniversary party at Benedicts.  (110810M4a)

wet Brian Just entertains at the 40th anniversary party at Benedicts. (110810M4a)

To celebrate the momentous occasion- family, friends and staff hosted the 40th anniversary birthday at Benedict’s Nursing Home in Wetherby.

Activities included a buffet, tombola, home produce stall and a bring and buy stall- and a whole lot of fun.

The nursing home is one of the many services that provides care for people with learning disabilities in partnership with St Anne’s.

Area manager at the care home, Mark Fennelly, said: “As you can probably see from the pictures, a great time was had by everybody. The highlight of the day for me was when a huge St Anne’s birthday cake with candles in the shape of 40 was brought out with the St Anne’s logo on it. Everyone broke into song- singing happy birthday to St Anne’s. It was fantastic”

Singer Brian Just, who recently performed on the ITV programme ‘The Choir that Rocks’ provided the musical entertainment to patients and staff for the afternoon.

St Anne’s Community Services has given support to more than 37,000 people across the Yorkshire and Humber regions in the past year.