SUPPORTERS of a unique charity raised their teacups to a trust that provides shelter for elderly people.
The Manor Trust had its annual tea party in the glorious sunshine yesterday – but it was the last time it will be held at the 400-year-old Manor House, in Lower Bedhampton.
The trust was set up in the 1960s with two objectives – to save beautiful old buildings from being bulldozed by developers and provide accommodation for elderly people in Bedhampton.
The Manor House, The Lodge and The Elms were all saved by the trust but The Manor House is now on the market because it does not conform to guidelines needed to accommodate elderly people as a care home, and fewer people wanted to move there.
It made yesterday an extra special occasion for the 200 people who attended to enjoy tea and home-made cake and roam the beautiful gardens.
Bernard Stanley is a trustee of the charity.
He said: ‘I’ve been a trustee since we started up in 1967.
‘We hold this event every year to raise money for the trust because the amount we ask our residents to pay does not fully cover the expenses. We need a little bit more to fill the gap.
‘We’ve closed the one we’re in now because the conditions have changed and younger elderly people stay healthy and prefer to stay in their own homes rather than move to places like this.
‘We managed to find places for the residents at various Abbeyfield homes as they had the space.
‘It was probably the last time we could hold a tea party so we’re enjoying it while we can. With such lovely sunshine it’s a fitting way to say goodbye to the place.’
The popular stalls sold out of goods within a couple of hours.
All the money raised will go to the trust.
To find out more information or to donate go to manortrust.org.uk.