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Christmas Fair brings festive cheer to residents of The Dunes

Bev Hutchinson, activites co-ordinator, resident Lyyne Bonner, Manager Charis Gracie and stallholder Sarah Barry Our new extra care supported housing development, The Dunes in Redcar, hosted a Christmas Fair for residents and visitors.

The community event, attracting more than 200 people, raised more than £500 for the residents’ fund at The Dunes, which will be used to support future activities and functions.

The man himself – Santa – put in an appearance, providing Christmas cheer, and gifts for visiting children. Stallholders including the Friends of Zetland Lifeboat, Friends of Redcar Cemetery and local businesses selling locally produced goods, including crafts, homemade cards, cakes, pies and jewellery were all part of the festive fun.

The good news was boosted by St Hilda’s church, which currently holds its Sunday service and Holy Communion every Thursday at The Dunes, with a donation of £750 to the fund. The church has recently been demolished and a new place of worship planned to be built in the near future.

The second Redcare Extra Care supported housing development, The Dunes is an innovative development of 64 one and two bedroom extra care apartments to rent for those aged 55 and over. The site has extensive communal facilities, with on-site care and support available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Iain Sim, our chief executive, said: “The Christmas fair was a fantastic event for residents and members of the community alike.”

Charis Gracie, Supported Living Co-ordinator at The Dunes said: “We have a community-driven ethos and this event is a fantastic example of residents and members of the local community, working successfully with local businesses.”

Bev Hutchinson, Activities Co-ordinator for Comfort Call said: “The donation from St Hilda’s is a fantastic gesture and very much appreciated by the residents. We are pleased to support St. Hilda’s with a venue, which allows the residents and local community to remain engaged with the Church services and welcome people to join their Christmas carol service on Thursday 21 December.”