Day care centre activities at open day

CRAFTS, stalls and a raffle were just some of the activities taking place at Ipswich's largest day care centre for the over 60's.Foxhall Day Care Centre threw open its doors to visitors for three hours on Wednesday so people could see the facilities available and meet the over 60's.

CRAFTS, stalls and a raffle were just some of the activities taking place at Ipswich's largest day care centre for the over 60's.

Foxhall Day Care Centre threw open its doors to visitors for three hours on Wednesday so people could see the facilities available and meet the over 60's.

Around 40 people toured the building and supported the fundraising activities which included a raffle (with prizes donated by local businesses), tombolla and cake stalls.

The centre is staffed by 45 volunteers and offers armchair keep fit, music, crafts, carpet bowls, lunch, computing and chiropody to the 45 elderly members who visit every day.

Amanda Suttie, fundraising manager, said: "The open day was very successful. As well as fundraising activities it was to raise the profile of the centre.

"We have had quite a lot of visitors including Age Concern, social services, friends and relatives and hopefully future volunteers. It is hoped to have more open days in the future."

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The 21-year-old centre, in Parliament Road, was decked out with balloons for the occasion.

The decorations will stay up for the jubilee celebrations which will include a week-long tea party from Sunday May 26 until Friday May 31 and musical entertainment from the last 50 years.

Over 250 members attend the centre every week for lunch, activities and companionship.

Anyone wanting to become a volunteer contact centre manager Sheryl Garnham on Ipswich 01473 – 724114.