GOOD Morning Down in conjunction with Bon Marche recently held a Fashion Show and Social Event in the Downpatrick Cricket Club which over 120 people attended and of which over 100 were older people. The event was organised by Linda Baker, Good Morning Down Co-ordinator , and the fashion show was compered by Mrs Patricia Magee. It was a fun packed event.
Good Morning Down is a free telephone care service for people in the Down District area of any age who may feel they are vulnerable or at risk for any reason. Thi sservice is run by volunteers headed by project co-ordinator Linda Baker. The team consists of and assistant project co-ordinator, telephone carers and volunteers from within the community. The project is supported by a wide range of organisations including the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, the NIHE and Down District Council. The clients receive calls at an agreed time between Monday and Friday to ensure that they are OK.
Linda Baker said, “Modelling the fashions were Telephone Carers from the Good Morning Down service Kathleen Greenwood, Anne McClure, Rosemary McGrath, Rita Mc Laughlin and Katie McMullan along with a member of the Management Committee Susan Welsh and call recipient Bernie Feenan. Also modelling was a member of the public Brenda Enwright, the owner of Market St Cafe and supporter of the service.
“The lady models were escorted up the steps onto the stage by Aidan Harris and Raymond Crea who are also Telephone Carers. The clothes were supplied by Bon Marche who gave a 10% discount to those who attended on the day. The manager of Bon Marche Vicky O’Neill and her staff dressed the models and helped with makeup etc.
“The Fashion Show was then followed by tea, coffee and biscuits. Mr Ernie Gray then entertained the crowd with an hour of great music. Assisting on the day were Betty Fitzsimons, Rosaleen McLean, Olive Heavens and Donna Marks who are also Telephone Carers at Good Morning Down, also helping were staff from the East Down Rural Community Network, Liam Gunn Downpatrick NIHE Assistant Manager, Mark Kent, Down District Community Safety Manager, with Minders supplying the hire of a tuxedo at a discounted rate. Linda Baker thanked everyone who supplied prizes for the raffle and voluntary donations.
If you think you need a phone call from Good Morning Down or know someone who may benefit from the service, call 028 44613434 fro further information.