August was a quiet month on the whole. A number of residents were away for part of the time, including some of the organisers of our regular activities, and the hot weather also continued, making it a bit too warm for comfort. Consequently, several of those activities were suspended for the month. However, not all was lost as we were entertained to a talk and we were able to stage a successful Fun Games afternoon, having cancelled it in July.
Philip Ling is the foster son of residents Pam and Jim Anderson. Despite having learning difficulties, he gave a very entertaining talk about his life in a home run by the Orchard Trust. His talk demonstrated that people with learning difficulties can lead near normal lives. A very creditable £200 was raised for the trust.
We have a set of fun games that although primarily intended for children, can be played by older people who have limited mobility, including wheelchair users. The set includes half sized badminton or tennis (the net height can be adjusted accordingly) and a small basketball basket. The balls are soft so the games can be played indoors as well as outdoors as necessary. Fortunately, the weather was kind to us so we were outside. We also had hoopla, lawn darts and lawn boules. There was a reasonable attendance and all the games were enjoyed, aided by the bar being open, so it was a very convivial afternoon.