13th June 2016
It’s time to celebrate! This year’s Annual Volunteer Week was extended by five days to incorporate events in the run up to the Patrons Lunch on 12th June which honours Her Majesty the Queen in her 90th year and all the work she does as Patron of organisations. As a mark of appreciation for the hard work of their volunteers, Eden Independent Living hosted their early ‘Patrons Lunch’ at Mrs Millers Tearoom, Culgaith, serving a truly British Buffet.
Recognising the support of their volunteers, the Eden Independent Living team hosts an annual summer lunch at a venue that supports local businesses. Their inaugural lunch was held at Dalemain many years ago and has been followed in future years with a train ride and lunch at Alston, a boat ride and lunch at Glenridding and last year a trip to Lowther Castle. This year the volunteer celebration was linked in with the Patrons Lunch.
Kath Hetherington, Development Manager for the EIL service said “We have many clients born in the same era as the Queen and they often chat to our volunteers about their memories of a very fast moving century so it seemed a very appropriate time to have lunch.
“The support of our 20+ volunteers is very valuable, they cover the whole of Eden District, so we like to host our events somewhere different each time. The lunches are one of only a few occasions when we can get everyone together and it’s a great opportunity for long standing volunteers to share stories with new volunteers. As our service has developed and extended we’re seeing more new volunteers coming forward, so it’s important that they get to meet as many of our team as possible.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering at Eden Independent Living should contact the team on 01768 890657.