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Waitrose's helping hand at Age Concern's festive feast





New Apton Centre, Bishops Stortford. Age Concern Xmas dinner with Waitrose. Age Concern Chairman Angela Alder with Waitrose elves l-r: Tracy Whitfield, Stacey Kindall, Samantha Syde, Vina Patel, Dave Goodacre (Waitrose dep. branch manager), Gresh Evans, Kisty Daines (c) and Heather Cann. Pic: Vikki Lince
New Apton Centre, Bishops Stortford. Age Concern Xmas dinner with Waitrose. Age Concern Chairman Angela Alder with Waitrose elves l-r: Tracy Whitfield, Stacey Kindall, Samantha Syde, Vina Patel, Dave Goodacre (Waitrose dep. branch manager), Gresh Evans, Kisty Daines (c) and Heather Cann. Pic: Vikki Lince

A team from Waitrose helped to make the Bishop's Stortford Age Concern Christmas lunch extra-special for dozens of elderly guests and volunteers.

New Apton Centre, Bishops Stortford. Age Concern Xmas dinner with Waitrose. Stacey Kindall serves up some wine to Shirley Thurston and Sheila Seaton. Pic: Vikki Lince
New Apton Centre, Bishops Stortford. Age Concern Xmas dinner with Waitrose. Stacey Kindall serves up some wine to Shirley Thurston and Sheila Seaton. Pic: Vikki Lince

Forty people sat down together to enjoy a festive meal at the Apton Centres.

Waitrose employee Heather Cann showed how to arrange a seasonal floral bouquet while colleague Vanessa Daley delighted the audience with her rendition of classic carols.

Tracy Whitfield, the Northgate End store’s community marketing champion, said: “The members really enjoyed themselves. The flower arranging went down really well, and Vanessa did a great job getting everyone in the Christmas spirit with her carols.”

Waitrose’s support for Age Concern did not stop at the Christmas lunch. Tracy was able to attain £500 funding from the supermarket chain’s head office to help towards the cost of electrical work needed at the venue.

New Apton Centre, Bishops Stortford. Age Concern Xmas dinner with Waitrose. Ron and Angela Alder pull a cracker. Pic: Vikki Lince
New Apton Centre, Bishops Stortford. Age Concern Xmas dinner with Waitrose. Ron and Angela Alder pull a cracker. Pic: Vikki Lince

The team is spreading Christmas cheer further afield in Stortford, donating hampers to the YMCA in Northgate End and winter night shelter, Holy Trinity Church.



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