Jewish Care’s Family Fun Day Success

18 Jun 2019

More than 2000 people from the local community enjoyed a fantastic day out at Jewish Care’s Family Fun Day on Sunday 16 June whilst raising over a record-breaking £27,000 to help enhance the lives of residents at Sandringham, Jewish Care’s new care and community hub in Stanmore.

Despite morning showers, even more families, Jewish Care supporters and members of the local community came out to enjoy an afternoon of fun, food entertainment this Father’s Day. Younger children took part in a wide range of fun-filled activities from ball ponds and biscuit decorating at the Jewish Care Families play area to face paints in the arts and crafts zone and carousel and tea cup rides. For older children there were plenty more active fair-ground challenges to choose from including, go karts, bungee trampolines, human demolition zone and Laser Quest.

Jeremy Feldman from Borehamwood, who came along with four generations of his family, said, “I’ve come here with my family, ranging from the ages of 3 to 94 and we’ve all had a great time. It’s been really good fun, the weather held up and there were so many family friendly activities for everyone.”

Eliana, age 7, said “I’ve been on the Go Karts, jumped on the human demolition zone and made biscuits, it’s been really good!”

Residents from Jewish Care’s Anita Dorfman House location in Sandringham came along to spend the afternoon at the Fun Day, Pamela Davis, said, “It was a really lovely day and it was lovely to get out in the fresh air.”

Speaking after the event, Chair of the Family Fun Day Special Events Committee, Brian Eisenberg, from Pinner, said,

Our Family Fun Day our second in Aldenham Country Park Events Field was a great success and it was fantastic to see so many people from the local community enjoying themselves.  We’re very pleased to have raised such a significant amount which will help to enhance the lives of the residents at Sandringham, by funding outings as well as a number of specialist therapeutic art and music programmes and activity sessions to ensure the residents can continue to take part in a whole range of meaningful activities to enrich their lives. It was wonderful to be able to welcome some of the residents who enjoyed the day out in the open.

“This year was such a huge success thanks to the hard work of the dedicated committee, the Hebrew Order of David, the volunteers, local schools and dance groups to ensure that all the people who came along would have a wonderful time and support the charity and Jewish Care’s new Home, Anita Dorfman House at Sandringham. The staff there are so caring and look after the residents’ needs in a most positive and respectful way, supported by the home manager, Elizabeth Mandeya, and her wonderful team.”

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising & Community Engagement, added, It was fantastic to see people of all generations having a fun day together to raise much needed funds to support residents at Sandringham. I would like to thank the committee, and all the volunteers for their hard work and commitment which made the day such a success.”

The Family Fun Day comes only a few months since the residents moved from Princess Alexandra Home into the new Anita Dorfman House. The move marks the completion of the first stage of Jewish Care’s ambitious Sandringham development. The second stage of works are now underway and will see the building of Pears Court, 48 independent living apartments and The Ronson Family Community Centre – a community hub for residents and visitors alike. Works will be complete in Autumn 2020.