New friendships made at Companions tea parties

29 September 2016

Carolyn and Nicola with the letter to the Companions

An invitation to afternoon tea has helped new friendships to form and become a new, regular event to look forward to for some of the people who benefit from our services.

The free afternoon tea parties at Newton Village Hall near Corbridge are organised by Companions from the local Order of Malta who made our group of service users feel welcome from the minute they arrived.

Some of our nursing home residents and a group of adults from our learning disability services were among the first to enjoy a visit, which left everyone feeling extra special and looking forward to a return visit.

Carolyn Lawson, one of our charity's volunteers and a member of our Alan Shearer Centre, was delighted to be invited along on the first visit and couldn't wait to let the volunteers know how much she appreciated their hospitality.

Supported by our volunteer co-ordinator, Nicola Milne, Carolyn wrote and sent off a beautiful letter of thanks to Alice Murphy, one of the volunteer organisers, and was thrilled to find out her letter and photo had been circulated to everyone involved in the Companions tea parties.

"It was so kind of them to invite us," said Carolyn, "so I thought it would be nice to let them know how much we enjoyed it. Of course, I'll thank them in person when I see them again."

Carolyn's letter reads:

Dear Alice and Friends
I am writing to thank you for inviting me and my friends to share afternoon tea at Newton Village Hall.

We all enjoyed it very much and are looking forward to seeing you again next time.

Lots of love
Carolyn Lawson x