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Volunteers from Benenden Health spread festive cheer

14th December 2018

Volunteers from York-based Benenden Health have thrown a festive party for all residents and staff at Honeysuckle House, a City of York Council-managed independent living facility located in the Dringhouses area.

Set up as part of the partnership between Benenden Health and York Cares, the party saw a team of volunteers delivering Christmas cheer to the residents on the 10th December. Partygoers sang festive carols accompanied by a flutist, took part in a festive quiz and reminisced whilst tucking into mince pies.

Darren McCormack, Head of Risk & Compliance at Benenden Health heads up the team taking part in the volunteering. Darren said: “This was the first year my team at Benenden Health has been involved in delivering a Christmas party of this sorts, and it was a delight to be able to meet the residents and brighten up their day. At this time of the year it is especially important to give something back to the community, so it was a pleasure to put a smile on their faces and see them all in a festive mood.”

Georgia Everall, Volunteering Project Officer at York Cares said: “We're delighted to see Benenden Health volunteers giving something back once again this Christmas by hosting a Christmas party for older people in the city. The annual Christmas parties are a great opportunity for local businesses to give something back to the community, and it's encouraging to see how a small amount of time given up can make sure a big difference.”

City of York Council Housing Management Officer - West Team, Sue Smith added “This is just what the residents of Honeysuckle House needed at Christmas, they all thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon! Well done to all the volunteers of Benenden Health.