Residents and staff from Care South’s Sussexdown residential care home in Storrington enjoyed a musical performance by the local Brass Fusion band. The musical showcase was organised by The Friends of Sussexdown Committee, as the home continues to benefit from their unwavering support.
The Brass Fusion band put on a spectacular show for the team, residents, family and friends at the home during its ‘Music in the Garden’ event. Brass Fusion is an ensemble of experienced and talented players who bring fun and innovation to the world of brass music. One of the residents said: “The band was great. They knew the right songs to play to get everyone dancing along with them, and boy were we dancing!”.
The event doubled as a summer fete, as the committee also provided refreshments, organised raffle prizes and sold raffle tickets for the tombola. The raffle took place after the concert, and those who took part enjoyed some light-hearted competition when it came to the fabulous prizes that were on offer. The residents and their families enjoyed a day celebrating with the melodious music in the background as they took part in the many activities that the Friends of Sussexdown committee had arranged for the day.
Luba Glebow, Activities Lead at Sussexdown care home, was thrilled with the way the day turned out. She said: “We extended an invitation to the local community to join the Music in the Garden celebration with us and were overwhelmed by the attendance of discharged respite residents, their families and people from the local area. It means a lot to us that we are contributing to the local community. We would like to thank the Friends of Sussexdown committee for their hard work in organising this wonderful event. We are so grateful for the experiences they continue to provide us with.”
The Friends of Sussexdown committee, which consists of nine members, raises funds throughout the year by hosting events and generating donations to provide extra comforts, activities, trips out and support for residents and staff members at the care home. It all began in 1998 whilst the home was under the ownership of the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), and it held a garden party to raise money. This became the first of many events and subsequently, dedicated individuals from the RAFA and Sussexdown formed the ‘Friends of Sussexdown’ group. The two founding members, Pauline Davis and Jan Townsend are still volunteering 25 years later.
Pauline Webb, Chair of Friends of Sussexdown said: “We are glad that everyone enjoyed the Music in the Garden event and are pleased that so many people got involved. The rest of the committee and I look forward to continuing our support for all the residents and staff withupcoming events in the future.”