Residents get an early Easter treat

2nd April 2021

Over a hundred of our most vulnerable residents had an early Easter treat this week with a very generous donation from the children of Walton & Hersham Youth FC, our tenant football club based at Whiteley Village. The children created beautiful Easter cards and gifts, most of which were kindly donated by Waitrose and Partners in Esher.

Walton & Hersham Youth FC also added to the donation with some much sought after Maltesers Easter Eggs and treats, which are a particular favourite bingo prize for many of the residents living in our care homes.

Included in the children’s artwork for their Easter cards were finger paintings and handprint pictures to symbolise them reaching out to connect and hold hands with residents at a time when they are physically unable to do so due to the pandemic.

Laura Cole, Community Services Manager at the Whiteley Homes Trust said: “Our charity houses and supports many older people of limited means at Whiteley Village, and our residents will be delighted with these beautiful cards and gifts. It is a very kind gesture and will mean so much to them after all the months of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic. We’re very grateful to both Walton & Hersham Youth FC and Waitrose and Partners (Esher) for being such good neighbours!”

Danny Kent, Chairman of Walton & Hersham Youth FC said: “It is incredibly important to us that we remain involved with the local community. Being a good neighbour to the residents of Whiteley Village is part of that community spirit and I am very proud of the creativity and effort our young players have displayed and kindness of Waitrose and Partners in Esher by offering to assist us with Easter gifts for the residents.”

Richard Rostill, Branch Manager at Waitrose Esher said: “It’s always really important to us that we support our local community. The cards that have been created by Walton & Hersham Youth FC are really great, and all of us at Waitrose Esher are pleased that we’ve also been able to provide some treats to bring a smile to the residents of Whiteley Village this Easter.”

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