Cream tea raises a grand for age charity

A strawberry cream tea raised over £1,000 for the Scarborough branch of Age UK.

It was at the Montrosa home in Esplanade Road, which provides independent supported living.

It’s the most the annual event has raised since duty officers Allyson Murray and Louise France began organising it five years ago. Staff run it in their own time.

Each year, manager Gaynor Loggie and residents suggest a beneficiary.

“We have had a lot of help from Alison Easton, a community link worker with Age UK in Scarborough, so we thought it would be nice to give something back”, says Julie Pratt, who chairs Montrosa’s trustees.

For example, Alison helps residents with benefit cheques and gives talks explaining the benefits system.

Alison, who is based at the Age UK office in Aberdeen Walk, said all the money raised for the charity locally is spent locally.

The cream tea made £1,057.49, which includes £20 raised from the auction of a crotcheted blanket donated by resident Michael Robinson.