Care workers, their families, NHS staff and frontline workers came together in Chapeltown, near Sheffield, last week to celebrate their collective achievements and commitment to their community over the last 18 months.
Hosted by Dan Archer, managing director of in-home care provider Visiting Angels, the ‘Carefest’ event evoked a festival feeling, with a live music acts, a hog roast and a beer and gin tent.
Commenting on hosting the event, Archer said: “It’s the least I could do to thank my wonderful staff and devoted members of the community that have kept the elderly and vulnerable people living in Sheffield and the surrounding areas safe throughout the pandemic. I’ve always felt passionately that hard work should be rewarded but I honestly don’t feel this event could even come close to showing how appreciative we all are of their efforts. But it was certainly a fantastic day and my way of saying thank you.”
The day was a celebration for Archer’s carers – called Angels – and their families. The MD also extended the invitation to all local NHS and frontline staff, including the team working at the local vaccination centre, the Octagon Centre. A small fee was charged for drinks and food, with all funds going to two charities – NHS Charities Together and the National Care Association.
“We raised £2,000 in just one afternoon! The event was originally scheduled for 5th July, on NHS Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day, but the delay to the lifting of lockdown restrictions meant that we decided to delay until such a time that everyone could get involved and really let their hair down. I was so proud to see everyone having such a good time,” added Archer.
Elsewhere, Visiting Angels offices from around the nation have been celebrating the people that make up their network of carers. On July 5, care workers, their families and local clients were welcomed to the Visiting Angels Cambridgeshire office for afternoon tea.
Branch managing director Ian Lintott said: “I’ve been blown away by the dedication my own team has shown in recent months, which is why I wanted to host this – socially distanced – get-together to say thank you. A great time was had by all, and it was lovely to see some familiar faces there during the afternoon.”