David Lewis is one of the largest care providers in Cheshire who offer education, residential, medical, and therapeutic support for people with learning disabilities, epilepsy and autism and other complex needs. Staff, residents and loved ones have been under exceptionally stressful and challenging times during Covid19. But on the 19th of May, they built their very own Alice in Wonderland by throwing a Mad Hatter tea party to celebrate new beginnings as life starts to return to some form of normality.
The Mad Hatters tea party had over 200 attendees – people the charity supports and staff who enjoyed tea, cake and games. Music played whilst residents and staff danced and had a great day sharing time together in the sun in the beautiful surroundings of the charity’s main site in Warford.
Residents were greeted by not just Alice, but also The Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit, Tweedledee, and Tweedledum – some of the charity’s team dressed up for the day in fantastic costumes! Spending quali-tea time with characters and being outside certainly saw lots of people with smiles on their faces during the day.
The charity has ambitious plans to create various events for everyone to enjoy, some of which it hopes will involve the local community!
John Heritage, Chief Executive of David Lewis, who spent the afternoon as The Mad Hatter said “As we return to some form of normality in everyday life following the last two years we wanted to bring back events and some excitement for the people we support and our colleagues and bringing everyone together to enjoy an afternoon of sun, dancing, cakes, games and lots more seemed like a natural thing to do. It was so lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves and enjoying the beautiful surroundings we have here at Warford”
The organisation’s mission is to provide an excellent service to individuals with learning disabilities, autism, epilepsy and other complex needs supporting the meaningful transformation of their lives and the achievement of their aspirations. They work closely with families to enable individuals to gain independence, positive identity, self-esteem and personal control over their lives via specialised support packages delivered in a variety of community locations.