On Monday 12 December 2022 sixty-seven members, volunteers, their support workers and family members from Headway North Cumbria participated in the Branch’s final event of the year – the Christmas Lunch. It was great to see so many of our members, some of whom were joining us for the first time this year, at the Function room of The Auctioneer. It was also good to see so many dressed in festive attire and be able to celebrate Christmas without the coronavirus precautionary measures that had been in place for our Christmas lunch last year.
Chairman, Andrew Kirkpatrick, opened proceedings by welcoming everyone to the event providing a summary of what the branch had been able to achieve during the year and a look ahead to what was planned for 2023. He also thanked the volunteers, members and supporters who have given so generously of their time and energy to allow us to continue to provide a service to our members during such challenging times.
As usual the Auctioneer provided a delicious three course meal followed by coffee and mince pies. The first course was a choice between cream of vegetable soup and melon with fruit sorbet. The main course was a choice between beef, turkey, salmon and nut roast. This was followed by a selection of desserts including Christmas pudding. A huge thank you to the staff of the Auctioneer for looking after us so magnificently.
A good time was had by all. Crackers were pulled, terrible jokes shared and there was a non-stop flow of conversation and laughter.
Festivities concluded with a raffle of eighteen prizes which raised over £120 for branch funds. A big thank you to those that contributed prizes and to all those that took part. Congratulations to the various winners. We also received donations of £40 in respect of Headway’s 12 Miles of Christmas fundraising campaign which three of our members are participating in.
We will be returning to the Auctioneer for next year’s Christmas Lunch which will be on Monday 11 December 2023.