16 Feb 2017

Residents share the love this Valentine's Day

GreenSquare residents living at John Watson House in Royal Wootton Bassett celebrated Valentine's Day in style, hosting a lunch for the community and raising money for charity at the same time.

More than 30 people came along to the lunch, which was held in the communal lounge at John Watson House the day after Valentine’s Day (15 February), including residents from the scheme and people living in the nearby houses and flats. 

With support from the carers from Mears Group, who provide care services at John Watson House, everyone enjoyed a ploughman's lunch, and took part in a raffle and bingo - successfully raising more than £125 for the RSPCA.

Alan Cottrell is Chair of the Social Club at John Watson House, where he has been a resident for the past five years, and helped to organise the event. He said: "We try to arrange an event for every occasion in the calendar – Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Christmas, residents' birthdays and more! 

"Whenever we hold an event, we have a raffle and the residents always do us proud and donate lots of great prizes. On this occasion the local Sainsbury’s store was also kind enough to donate two large bouquets of flowers as prizes too. Sometimes the profits we make go back into our social club fund but for Valentine's Day we decided to share the love and donate the profits to charity instead! We chose the RSPCA because a lot of us have had pets in the past."

Prizes for the raffle included chocolates, flowers, makeup, puzzles, crosswords, calendars, DVDs and CDs. 

Alan added: "Without help from the carers from Mears Group, we wouldn't have been able to do this, so I’d like to say a big thank you to them.”

John Watson House, which is owned by GreenSquare, has five double flats and 15 large studio apartments, which all have built in life line equipment, and benefits from a large communal lounge.

Pictured (left to right): Pearl Symcox (Mears Group), Pauline Jeans (Social Club), Alan Cottrell (Social Club Chair), Gladys Cunningham (Mears Group), Carol Adamson (Social Club), Sylvia Osborne (Mears Group).