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Last week, our Town Farm Workshop Outcomes With Learning (OWL) service hosted an afternoon tea party.

This event was part of ‘Regard’s Afternoon Tea Week’, where services across the company have been raising money for Shelter and Shelter Cymru.

Service Manager, Helen Ritson organised the event, and said “We had a great turn out including individuals from neighbouring services Ivers House and Newton House, as well as friends and family of those who attend Town Farm Workshop.”

Guests were invited from a variety of different places including Auditor for the South West, Joanna Armitage and Paul Card, Manager from Dom Care Dorset, who took some lovely photographs on his professional camera as he loves photography.

Helen said “The weather was just perfect and everyone got involved in the activities on offer. We had six entries to our ‘Cake Bake off’ – the winner being Laura with a most delicious rhubarb and custard cake.”

It wouldn’t be a Regard party without a game of guess how many sweets are in the jar, and this time Stacey won for guessing the nearest number.

There was also a game of ‘splat the rat’ which proved very popular with the party attendees.

Helen said “the raffle was well subscribed with Chloe winning the top prize of two tickets to “Last of the Summer Cider Festival”.

Corinna, Art and Pottery tutor at TFW ran a fantastic art workshop “You’ve been framed” which all participants thoroughly enjoyed and everyone was able to take home a fabulous framed selfie.

Helen was completely soaked by the queue of people paying to throw wet sponges at her.

Helen said “We were joined by fellow local craftsperson, Sarah from “Ten & Six” in our sales area – both stalls were well supported and TFW artists finished off a bumper summer of exhibitions with a super grand total.”

Jane, who attends TFW said “the afternoon tea was nice and I liked the cake best” - she also very much enjoyed having her Mum at the party.

Helen continued “We are really pleased to say that everyone who supported our wonderful day in the garden raised an outstanding £235 for Shelter. A great big thank you to everyone!”

Kitty O’Shea, Corporate Partner at Shelter said “Shelter are incredibly grateful to have the support of The Regard Group this year. The fundraising truly does help make an amazing difference to families struggling with bad housing and homelessness.”