It was tea for…40 when Greencore joined Cynthia Spencer Hospice patients for afternoon treats

A team from food company Greencore Northampton put its catering skills towards a fantastic cause recently when they treated Cynthia Spencer Hospice patients, staff and volunteers to afternoon tea in the Day Hospice lounge.

Anthony Chadwick, business manager at Greencore Northampton, said: “Greencore Northampton has been supporting Cynthia Spencer for a number of years now. We have done this in various ways, including recently winning the Franklins £50 challenge with a combination of activities including quiz nights, auctions and car washing. This all raised a good deal of money for an amazing cause, however on this occasion, I felt that doing something directly for the patients and staff at the Hospice was in order.

“As the sandwich manufacturer for Marks & Spencer, afternoon tea seemed like a natural choice. This would also allow our team to meet face to face with the people that we have fundraised for and the team that supports them on a daily basis, as well as giving the patients and staff a well-deserved treat. Marks & Spencer kindly donated the cakes and Greencore supplied the sandwiches. We all had a brilliant afternoon meeting everyone at the Hospice and have already got plans for the next visit!”

Pam Hammon, a Day Hospice patient since November 2017 who attended the tea, said: “Before I started coming to the Day Hospice, I had no confidence and lived on my own after my husband died. I was so nervous about coming, but now I love coming each week and would love to come even more! It has really boosted my confidence and I look forward to coming every Wednesday.

“Having the team from Greencore in for the day was lovely, it has been such a great afternoon. My only question is – when are we doing it again?!” Pam continued.

Claire McEwen, occupational therapist at Cynthia Spencer’s Day Hospice, said: “It was great to have the team from Greencore in for the afternoon. Patients, carers, volunteers and staff all had a brilliant afternoon with plenty of delicious sandwiches, cakes and tea. It was also lovely how the whole team got involved in a fun food and drink themed quiz, which gave them the chance to interact with patients and hear more about what happens in the Day Hospice. We look forward to welcoming the team back in the future!”

There were approximately 40 patients, carers, staff and volunteers on the afternoon. Afternoon tea was followed by a fun food-based quiz and the Greencore team were separated into teams with patients, carers, volunteers and staff. They set up the whole afternoon and cleared it all away too.

If any businesses would like to support Cynthia Spencer Hospice they can contact Corporate Fundraiser, Chelsea Galpin by either telephoning 01604 973348 or emailing Chelsea is keen to discuss the many ways corporate supporters can do their bit for their local Hospice and the huge impact they can make on helping patients and families in their local community at a time when they need it most.