Carefest has frontline staff of Sheffield clapping along
On Monday 26th July, care workers, their families, NHS staff and frontline workers came together at Thorncliffe Business Park in Chapeltown to celebrate their collective achievements and unwavering 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 and a new opportunity to get clapping – complete with live sound stage, a hog roast and a beer and gin tent.
“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!”
With four live music acts, food trucks and a real family-fun feel, the day was a much-needed celebration for Dan’s carers – called Angels – and their families. Dan also extended the invitation to all local NHS and frontline staff, including the team working all hours at the local vaccination centre, the Octagon Centre. A small fee was charged for drinks and food, with all funds going to two worthy 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 Dan.
Joan Hancock, one of Dan’s Angels, was one of the 280 people that attended the party on Monday afternoon. “Me and my husband both had a fabulous time! It was great to feel truly appreciated and celebrated after what has been an unquestionably challenging time. I also valued spending time with my fellow carers – it really feels like I’m part of a family,” explained Joan.
For more information about Visiting Angels, visit www.visiting-angels.co.uk/southyorks/