Prescott House is an extra care scheme in Burgess Hill, Sussex. Residents and staff, who had previously been given a grant by the Peabody Community Foundation to buy garden furniture and a BBQ, took advantage of the recent good weather to use their new equipment and have some fun. They were joined on the day by others from the Here to Help service in West Sussex and the Mid Sussex Resettlement service who all came along to enjoy the festivities.

While the garden was already looking great thanks to the residents’ regular gardening sessions, residents and staff still had to sort the stalls, raffle, decorations and BBQ. The stocks turned out to be a real favourite during the party, with people happily handing over their cash to thoroughly soak members of staff who volunteered! Brian King, a Prescott resident, got the top prize for volunteering to let staff and relatives throw sponges at him too. Luckily it was a very hot day and everyone needed to cool down!

The other stalls also proved popular and people were able to pick up a bargain at the bric-a-brac and clothes stalls as well as chancing their luck on the tombola. Then it was time for Vanessa Edwards, Support worker and chef at Prescott House, to fire up the BBQ (below) and cater for all the hungry party goers.

Margaret Sneddon, a Prescott resident, had a great time; That was a lovely get together! Good food, good company, good music and good prizes!”

“There was a lovely mixture of guests of all ages, including a visit from Alex Reeve, the Operational Director for London and the South. It was such a wonderful day and a huge success. I’m really proud of what we do at Prescott and that is thanks to all residents and the hard work of the staff here said Emma Gould, Head of Service.

The event managed to raise over £150 for the Prescott residents’ fund and they are now looking forward to organising more events over the summer after this success.