Water Mill House opened its home in the afternoon to the local community and to children, friends and relatives of its residents for the Christmas lights to be turned on by much-loved TV presenter and broadcaster, Fiona Phillips.
Fiona was delighted to be asked to switch the lights on at Water Mill House. In the last couple of years, Fiona has opened two of Carebase’s homes, and was delighted to visit this new one, meet the staff and residents and get involved with such a fun and festive day for everyone.
The afternoon was the perfect occasion to bring together several local community groups for the guests’ entertainment, including the school choir from Abbot’s Hill School that sang carols with a variety of musical instruments. A local harpist, Melissa Parmar, played beautiful music throughout the afternoon, including some festive melodies.
As well as Fiona, the ceremony was attended by the Local Mayor, Councillor Allan Lawson, and his wife, Wendy. There was also a representative of the Chilterns MS Centre, a charity that Water Mill House will work with during 2015. Alnur Dhanani, Chairman at Carebase; Nicola Coveney, Managing Director at Carebase; and Dawn Sharp, Business Manager at Carebase, also attended.
To the absolute glee of everyone there were real reindeer, spectacular Christmas lights, a snow machine and, of course, festive mince pies and mulled wine.
Fiona Phillips said of the event: “I am delighted to be asked to attend Watermill House to turn the Christmas lights on. This is such a wonderful new home – from what I have seen on my visit, the staff are incredibly committed and extremely passionate. It is great to see the enjoyment these events bring to the residents, their families and the community, especially at this festive time.”