On 16 April 2019, Dobbies in King’s Lynn hosted West Norfolk Befriending’s Easter Afternoon Tea event which saw 52 clients, volunteers and staff come together. Tea, cakes, and finger sandwiches on tiered stands were enjoyed over relaxed conversation and laughter, with the beginnings of new friendships and old friends reuniting again. Sharing food is a wonderful way to break the ice and get to know one other, and this is something we encourages at our monthly get-together at Sandringham Café and Restaurant, too.
Many of the charity’s clients have difficulty getting around but with help from volunteers and staff who arranged taxis and offered lifts, everyone got to Dobbies safely. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying good company and meeting others from the community. With an average age of 90, the ladies and gentlemen who came together on the day had many interesting stories to tell. One lady, aged 95, explained how yoga and keeping active have helped her stay healthy, and she is certainly a testament to this. There were many conversations of how much the clients were enjoying the afternoon and looking forward to future events, and it was an especially valuable social opportunity for those who struggle to leave their homes. We always look forward to our events and the chance to spend more time getting to know our clients.