CityWest Homes and grocery giant Tesco worked together to lay on a special Valentine’s Day luncheon last week (12 February 2015) for older people living in Church Street.
Residents aged between 76 and 99 years living in Glarus Court, one of Westminster City Council’s community supportive housing schemes in Church Street, were treated to a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings, wine, chocolates, red roses and a huge, four layer strawberry cake.
The food, decorations and treats were donated by Tesco and served up by Tesco staff which included store and deputy managers from the local area. Nearby London Business School donated the cake.
Margaret Irvine, scheme manager at Glarus Court who cooked all the food, said the residents were delighted with the lunch and the opportunity to be together for a special occasion.
She said: “We all seem to forget about older people at Valentine’s Day. At some point in their lives they would have been married or had a romantic partner and those partners have now passed on. It can be a very lonely time so this occasion is about celebrating memories older people have of their special loved ones.”
For some residents, it was their first Valentine’s Day celebration ever. Joan (90) said: “I had a wonderful husband, Jack, but we didn’t have any children. This is my first Valentine’s Day celebration. It’s lovely that Tesco have put on all the food, and the cake is beautiful.”
Rebecca Selvakumar, Westminster community champion for Tesco, said: “We know this can be a difficult time for some people so we were really pleased to be able to provide the dinner and spend time with the lovely local residents of Glarus Court.”
Glarus Court offers residents a great degree of independence and flats also include kitchens.
John MacDonald, community engagement officer for CityWest Homes, said: “We have developed a really great partnership with the community team from Tesco and the London Business School, and we are planning more fun community events for local residents in the Church Street area this year.”