Great fun was had by all during Gretton’s brilliant summer fete

Kevin Young has sponges thrown at him during the Gretton Court event.
Kevin Young has sponges thrown at him during the Gretton Court event.

THERE was laughs galore when a care home opened up its doors for a family funday.

Gretton Court Care Home, in Heather Grove, off Jesmond Gardens in Hartlepool, held a summer fete at the weekend.

Members of the public, including relatives of care home residents and day care centre users, enjoyed a host of activities laid on to raise funds for the home.

There was a pinata, which is a craft donkey filled with sweets which youngsters bash until the goodies pour out, as well as various games and activities.

These included a coconut shy and balloon pop, where children had to pop balloons to see which ones had tickets inside that would enable them to pick a prize.

There was also hook a duck and Splat The Rat - which saw poor Gretton Court worker Kevin Young receive a soaking from wet sponges being thrown at him.

There was also a beer tent, tea and coffee, hot dogs, cake stalls and bric a brac.

The weather stayed fine for the fundraising event.

Laura Carpenter, activities co-ordinator at the home, said: “We had about 50 people attend and it went really well.

“The youngsters really enjoyed Splat the Rat, which saw one of our members of staff get a right soaking, all for a good cause.

“Everybody I spoke to really enjoyed it and we got a good team of volunteers to help.

“The event raised £385 to go towards activities for the home - it will all be ploughed back into the home.”

Laura, who thanked everyone who supported the summer fete, especially the volunteers, said the next similar fete will probably be a Christmas fair at the home.

Gretton Court is run by the Greatham-based Hospital of God and caters for elderly people with mental illness and specialises in helping people who suffer from dementia.

The home, which has 33 places, was built in 1995 and became part of the Hospital of God in 2008.