Care home festival

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A Festival to be held over three days will “bring the community together” and raise vital funds for four charities, according to its organiser.

Richard Sweeting, Activities Co-ordinator for Barchester Healthcare’s Highfield Care Home, is the brains behind Scarthingwell Festival; an event to be held from Friday to Sunday 21-23 June in the home’s Barkston Ash grounds.

“For the past two years, Highfield has hosted a Proms in the Park event, which has been very successful and well supported by the local community,” said Mr Sweeting.

“This year as a home we want to go bigger and better and will host the three-day extravaganza for our residents and all those in our local community to enjoy,” he added.

Mr Sweeting has received the backing of Tadcaster and Villages Community Partnership Board, Wigan Leisure Trust and Barchester Healthcare through their sponsorship and has compiled a programme of events to suit all tastes for the whole family.

Starting on the Friday and coinciding with National Care Homes Open Day, there will be Festive High Tea and entertainment for the young at heart (over 60s) from 1-4pm, followed on the Saturday with Party in the Park from 3pm to 6pm (gates open at 2pm) featuring Tadcaster Grammar School’s Big Band, York Musical Theatre Company and Saxton School Choir (bring your own picnic and chairs). Admission is £2.

On Sunday from 10am to 3pm various events are scheduled with a Fun Run at 11am in aid of Dementia UK. Sponsorship forms for the run can be obtained from Robin Bedford on 07557 430349.

There will be stalls, arts and crafts, children’s rides, refreshments and much much more. The Golden Rail Band will play between 12 noon and 2pm and a Painting and Photography Exhibition will be held on site in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

“I hope we can raise as much money for my chosen charities which are Dementia UK, Parkinsons Disease, MS and York Hospital’s Star Appeal, but ultimately it is about bringing the community together,” stressed Mr Sweeting.

“Together we can make a difference and if Scarthingwell Festival is successful, I am hoping it will go from strength to strength and become an annual feature on our calendar, which will surely benefit all, especially those people living with us here at Highfield.”

For further information about Scarthingwell Festival, to offer sponsorship or donate raffle prizes, please contact Richard Sweeting on 01937 557724.