Midlands news - Colonial high tea raises funds for charity

16 July 2012

When McCarthy & Stone announced Barnardo’s as its chosen charity of the year, it set Emma Winand, sales consultant at the retirement developer’s Foxhall Court development in Banbury, on course to do a bit of fundraising of her own – a 500km bike challenge across India. This week, in anticipation of her trip, Emma held a Colonial High Tea at the Assisted Living development on School Lane, raising a further £190 for the children’s charity.

Emma Winand explains: “I wanted a challenge. So when we, as a company, decided to support Barnardo’s, it gave me the motivation I needed. I’ve always been a keen cyclist, so when I found out about the ‘Tiger Challenge’, I thought why not?

“In addition to some serious training, and drumming up sponsorship, I wanted to do something at a more local level to raise funds, in a way in which I could involve the residents and visitors at Foxhall Court. Sticking with the Indian theme, I decided on a Colonial High Tea.”

Over 20 people attended the tea party, held in the central lounge at Foxhall Court. Following a Kedgeree lunch in the development’s restaurant, visitors were able to enjoy Indian music, sample a range of Indian teas, as well as take part in a raffle and a quiz. The development, including Emma, was fully dressed for the occasion.

Emma continues: “It was a really fantastic afternoon – and great fun getting dressed up in a traditional Indian sari. The money raised will now go into the pot to help us reach our £50,000 target. And I’m on to the next challenge – preparing to cycle India!”

Emma travels to India in December, where she will cycle approximately 500km, taking in sights such as the Taj Mahal. Emma has already drummed up £1,158 sponsorship, which will go towards helping Barnardo’s provide much needed support for over 190,000 children across 800 projects nationally.

McCarthy & Stone is currently selling a range of purpose built, one and two bedroom Assisted Living apartments at Foxhall Court on School Lane in Banbury. As well as offering a low maintenance lifestyle, purchasers can benefit from maintained landscaped gardens, a central lounge, on site restaurant, domestic assistance, personal care by arrangement and the peace of mind of added security. Prices currently start from £159,950.

To find out more about the development, visit the show complex, open 7 days a week, from 10.30am to 5.00pm, or call 01295 261 114.