This year the Funday may have looked very different, but the purpose remained very much the same – to create an atmosphere of love, joy, of celebrating the community and its people… and that’s what we managed to do!
As the sun shone bright on Saturday 11th of July, residents of South Reading took to their gardens and lounges for an afternoon of fun, cake, games and chilling to the vibes of RG2 Radio. Richard Walker and MC Napthali, both Whitley residents, compered us through the Funday with their banter and laughter. The Reading – Whitley quiz was a hit, causing all sorts of good humoured controversy over local primary school names and how many pubs had closed down in our community! But a highlight for many was the annual Whitley Heroes ceremony presided over by Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Dr. Peter Durrant who honoured our two heroes chosen by the community – Carol Woolford and Paul Littleboy. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant was delighted to connect with folks after the ceremony and even joined in the Zumba with us outside St Agnes Church!
It truly was a community event
we were delighted that the new format enabled many who wouldn’t ordinarily have been able to participate in the Funday in previous years to do so this year.
One such highlight were the residents of a local care home ‘Life Care’ who decorated their lounges with Funday bunting, enjoyed cake and grooved to the music playing on the radio. A couple of staff shared: “[Lockdown meant] residents were stuck in bedrooms for two months and socially distancing, this is the first time they’ve been able to have fun. They are happy and elated and it’s going to do so much for their cognition, and they’re going to talk about this for weeks.” “Long time waiting, and we really all needed it here, it’s lovely.”
“Long time waiting, and we really all needed it here, it’s lovely.”