Summer fete fundraiser

ALL SMILES Pauline King-Hele, 97, is the eldest resident at Jane Gillitt House in Southsea which hosted a garden fete.   Picture: Sarah Standing (112977-565)
ALL SMILES Pauline King-Hele, 97, is the eldest resident at Jane Gillitt House in Southsea which hosted a garden fete. Picture: Sarah Standing (112977-565)

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VISITORS to a summer fete were treated to the dulcet tones of an opera singer.

Sylvia Rota entertained the crowds at the Jane Gillitt House summer fete, in St Edwards Road, Southsea.

The charity Abbeyfield Solent Society, runs the property, providing two hot meals a day to the elderly residents who live independently with a live-in housekeeper.

The summer fete was organised to raise money for the residents to go out on trips, including shows at Southsea’s Kings Theatre.

Kim Hughes, the relief manager at Jane Gillitt House, said: ‘We all had a lovely time.

‘The opera singer was amazing, she was a real hit. Our housekeeper spotted her singing in Palmerston Road and asked her if she would perform.

‘We also had a tombola and craft stalls. Some of the items were made by the residents and some had their own stalls.

‘A lot of the residents’ families came along on Saturday and took part in the raffle. Altogether we raised around £550 which means the residents can enjoy some shows at the Kings Theatre.’