The SHAC Volunteers Christmas Party 2018

The Surrey Heath Age Concern Volunteers Christmas Party was held on the 15th December at St. Mary’s Church in Camberley this year.  Last year’s event was such a great success that I was rather unsure if Gill and her team would be able to better it, but I need-not have worried!

We were treated to some really excellent entertainments, we had our Treasurer Ian playing carols on his keyboard.  Gill organised a Frank Sinatra act (Fred Gardner), who kept us all entertained throughout the afternoon with everyone’s favourite Frank Sinatra tunes and some highly amusing commentary; he really was amazing, he sounded just like the real thing and went down a real treat with all our volunteers, everyone really was raving about how good he was!  Our friends, the dancing ladies from Camberley and District Funeral directors, Connie and Gabby were also not shy to enter into the party spirit and entertained us all with their dancing and the tea tray.  We are very pleased to say that they will be continuing their support for SHAC in 2019, which is wonderful news!

As we have all very much come to expect from SHAC events, the food was excellent, with mulled wine, tea and a massive selection of: sandwiches, snacks, out-of-this-world cakes and mince pies, served to the volunteers.

The raffle was a huge success again this year, with a large selection of prizes on offer, including several large hampers, two of which were donated by our friends at Camberley and District Funeral Directors.

The afternoon was rounded-off with the auction of a bottle of House of Commons wine from 2012, those in the know tell me that this was a very good year; this was signed by the Prime Minister Teresa May, and our local MP, Michael Gove.  The auction started off a little slowly, I think that perhaps the volunteers were just weary of the great Brexit debate and the very turbulent week we have just had at Westminster!  However, Charles our auctioneer (and one of our trustees) did a great job on working the crowd and the final selling price was £40, all of which goes towards Surrey Heath Age Concerns funds.

We would like to thank Chas and Marion Groves, for helping to prepare the delicious food, Thelma , Peter, our trustees (Chris Russell, Ian Graham, Denis Fuller, John Phillips, Charles Barbor, Simon Elliott and Margaret Bates) for all their help on the day and behind the scenes,  Connie and Gabby from Camberley and District funeral directors.  Not forgetting Gill, our charity manager, for overseeing the organisation of the event.  Finally we would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers for all their help throughout 2018, and helping to make the party the such a success!  We really would not be able to do any of the good work our charity does without your help.

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year!







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