Festive cheer all in a good cause at Lincs retirement park

Many residents at The Elms dressed for the residential park’s annual Christmas event in seasonal attire

CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS at The Elms retirement park in Torksey, Lincs, have brought early presents for two good causes, thanks to the park’s owners and residents.

Its Winter Wonderland themed evening took place on 15 December, and drew huge support from many of the occupiers of The Elms’ 339 lodges.

Let it snow… and with the help of a snow machine, it did just that

Festive features included lashings of mulled wine and mince pies, and a snow machine to flutter flurries of flakes around.

There was also a celebration of the efforts many residents had made to give their homes a seasonal flourish with twinkling outside lights and decorated windows.

The Elms’ director Tracey Coulson led a tour of some of the homes on the village’s Santa sleigh golf buggy for those who wanted a more relaxing view of the village.

Also especially popular was a raffle which provided a raft of prizes thanks to the generous donations made by both local and national suppliers of goods and services to The Elms.

Ticket sales raised a total of £456.60 for The Elms minibus appeal. The 16-seat vehicle provides regular outings, expeditions and shopping trips for the residents all year round.

The Children in Need appeal also benefitted from a “Thinking of You Tree” on which residents could place purchased stars in memory of a loved one with the proceeds going to the charity.

The tree was dedicated to the memory of former farmer John Kinch (1929-2016) who founded The Elms almost 40 years ago, creating one of the UK’s most celebrated retirement parks.

Tracey Coulson, a member of the Kinch family, said the highly successful Winter Wonderland event was a welcome chance for everyone to meet up and relax:

Cheerful twinkling lights at many of the park’s lodges added a magical air to the evening’s get-together

“We are very much a community here, and for those who wish it there are many opportunities throughout the year for residents to join together for different activities and occasions.

“This Christmas, though, has been especially poignant after everything that everyone has endured over the past twelve months, and we all know we have much to be grateful for.

“It’s great that we could combine the event with raising money for good causes, and our family extends its heartfelt thanks to everyone who played a part,” said Tracey.

There is more information about The Elms on its website at www.elmsretirementpark.co.uk

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