Tea group tempts stay-at-home guest

17 October 2013

Ann and Charles at the tea group

When St Michael's Tea Group opened its doors for the first time in Houghton le Spring, it also opened up a whole new world for one of its guests.

Charles Carmichael quietly enjoyed his first experience of the tea group back in June, but, as someone who rarely ventured out, it looked doubtful that he'd make a return visit.

His wife, Ann, was delighted he'd made that first trip, but is overjoyed that, months later, Charles is still joining her at the tea group.

"This is the only place he'll leave the house for," said Ann. "He loves the company, sharing tea together – he even joins in with the bingo. I'm so happy we've got the tea group to come to so we can have some special time out together."