Community transport works across the Christmas period, even on Christmas day, to provide those who would otherwise be alone with access to family, friendship, company and independence over the holidays. This December, we’re going to be sharing the stories of our members who go above and beyond at Christmas.
Julie Cottenden, CHEXS:
On Tuesday, 5th December, Goffs Academy hosted the CHEXS annual Christmas Senior Citizens meal where CHEXS provide funding and coordination of the care homes and the staff and students organise the whole event. What a great job they did with everyone being able to take part in all of the activities and every dietary need catered for. Eighty senior citizens from Cheshunt and Waltham Cross independent living and care homes along with some other elderly who are isolated due to life circumstances joined the Goffs Academy community and the CHEXS team to enjoy a fun filled festive evening.
CHEXs and Goffs staff collected the elderly in minibuses and the 6th formers welcomed the elderly to the seasonally decorated hall, helping them to their seats accompanied by students playing the piano. The Goffs singing club run by Tamara, a 6th former, then sang Christmas carols to them followed by the dance group putting on a short but energetic display. Then younger students came to sit with the visitors for a short conversation to exchange festive stories and to bridge the gap between the ages. They all sat happily chatting away.
The 6th formers then served up the Christmas meal that was superbly cooked by Goffs chef and school kitchen staff. The meal of roast turkey with all trimmings, Christmas pudding and custard, mince pies, tea, coffee and after dinner mints was absolutely delicious which everybody loved!
After the meal bingo was played, a raffle with loads of prizes was held and the evening was rounded off with everybody getting up on the dance floor, dancing to Christmas favourites. At the end of the evening, as the senior citizens left, they were given gingerbread biscuits cooked by the students to take home. Everyone, young and old, had a great time building friendships and having fun!