What a Big Fun Day we had!

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What a Big Fun Day we had!


Faversham Recreation Ground was host to the Avante Care & Support Big Fun Day, sponsored by Bell Group.

On Wednesday 30th May Avante Care & Support proudly presented the Big Fun Day at Faversham Recreation Ground, welcoming over 1500 visitors that attended throughout the day. The Big Fun Day was made up of various stalls that included Sweet Nostalgia Fudge, GKR Karate, Two Little Bears, Kesson Physiotherapy, Edible Cultures, ‘Toddy and Jo’ and many more.

There were plenty of fantastic activities for families and children on the day, provided by Avante Care & Support, our sponsors and stalls. The team at Avante Care & Support hosted a variety of fete themed stalls within the main marquee, which was generously donated by Kent Events. These included a lucky dip, tombola, wine or water, sweets, drinks, cakes, hook a duck and a raffle, with prizes kindly donated by local businesses and staff.

At the Sandtastic stall you could create colourful pictures using different colour sands, or get some glitter tattoos thanks to the Sparkle Girls Pamper Party stall. A big hit for all the kids was the bouncy castle and inflatable slide, or facing your fears at the Creepy Claws stall where you could see or hold tarantulas, snakes, lizards and many other creepy crawlies. For the more faint hearted, there was a ‘fluffy’ area where visitors could stroke and hold rabbits and guinea pigs.

The Heart FM Angels were also at the Big Fun Day providing face painting, art activities and a competition giveaway to win an iPad.

The Big Fun Day was hosted by Avante Care & Support, a charity that provides care and support to over 1000 people across Kent, Bexley and Greenwich. Avante Care & Support owns and manages nine care homes, delivering specialist residential dementia, mental health and nursing services, including day care and short term respite breaks. There is also a Home Care and Support team which provides assistance with daily living, enabling individuals to maintain independent lives in their own home.

The Big Fun Day was sponsored and supported by many local business’s including Bell Group, a family owned and operated company which started off as a commercial painting and decorating company in 1984. The company has since grown and developed into a market leader, providing a network of services which have been designed to integrate on a national, regional and local basis. On the day of the event Bell Group entertained visitors with a painting and decorating upcycle class on their stand whilst keeping younger visitors amused with cupcake decorating. Meanwhile Gary King, Elvis Presley Impersonator entertained the crowds, with many residents and staff dancing and singing along to the classic Elvis hits.

During the Big Fun Day we welcomed the Faversham Jubilee Centre Gymnastics club who wowed their audiences with an amazing gym display that was coordinated with great skill and finesse.

To help raise awareness about dementia and to raise valuable funds for the Alzheimer’s Society, there was a stall selling second hand jewellery and other items, managed and coordinated by Frances Lake, Dementia Friend Champion and Personal Assistant to the Director of Quality at Avante Care & Support.

We were thrilled to have MP Helen Whately come along to the Big Fun Day and the Mayor and Mayoress of Faversham who kindly accepted our invitation to be part of the Big Fun Day and help draw the raffle winners alongside our Patron, Bob Bushell.

Our vision is ‘communities where everyone has a vibrant and fulfilling life’ and it was lovely to see that in action last week. It was wonderful to have residents and service users from right across the organisation join with the people of Faversham to enjoy a very successful event. Thank you to all who came and helped make the Big Fun Day a great event’.

Stuart Cross, Managing Director at Avante Care & Support

A lot of hard work went into planning and coordinating the Big Fun Day and I am delighted the event was such a great success. I would like to thank the Big Fun Day project team who were involved from the very start of the planning to the delivery of the event on the day and to all other staff who volunteered their help on the day to make sure the event ran smoothly.

We are thrilled to announce that our popular stalls within our marquee raised £2803 for our charitable fund. Avante Care & Support has been operating a charitable fund for more than 10 years. The purpose of the fund is to provide grants to our service users and residents to support them with financial hardship and personal development or fulfilment. Thank you to everyone who sponsored or supported the Big Fun Day and to everyone who came along on the day, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!’

Lyndsay Hopper, Event Organiser

Avante Care & Support would like to thank the following supporters of The Big Fun Day, particularly our main sponsor Bell Group; Lawson Queay, DCB Kent, Kent Events, Fillers Bakery, Kesson Physiotherapy, NSN, Clinicare, Montrose Media, Upstairs Downstairs antiques and collectables, Patron Bob Bushell, The Model Railway Club, Bushcraft, ‘Toddy and Jo’, Sainsburys Sittingbourne, Shepherd Neame, Kent Police, Heart FM Angels, First Choice Marshalls, DIS, Albus Environmental, 3D Displays, Gary King, Faversham Jubilee Gymnastics club, Pensworth.

To find out more about Avante Care & Support please call us on 01795 597400 or email to enquiry@avantecare.org.uk 

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