One of United Response’s services in North Shields held a garden 4tea party last week in a bid to raise funds for a sensory garden.

Around 50 members of the local community came along to join in the fun and games, including a successful raffle. Over £400 has been raised for a friendship seat, lights and flowers for a sensory garden.

The supported living house supports two young men who have learning disabilities and autism. The party gave them an opportunity to meet neighbours and members of their local community. The service was particularly happy to welcome local MP Alan Campbell.

Service Manager Carolyn Palmer said: “One neighbour said she was pleased to be invited to the party so that she could meet the residents as she sees them often and it was nice to make new friends.

“We will be buying items for the sensory garden soon as we are also entered in to the local Garden in Bloom competition so fingers crossed."

Local MPs also came along to a 4tea party at Chorley Cricket Club earlier this month, with speakers attending the event including Lindsay Hoyle MP and the Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Roy Lees.

With a buffet tea and special cupcakes for everyone, the event was a great success and helped thank people in the local area for supporting United Response over the years.


Gemma Taylor, media assistant.