Local retiree selected as a ‘Festive VIP’ at Dutton Lodge, Penrith

Local retiree Carole Tattersall received a Christmas gift to remember when she was selected as guest of honour at Churchill Retirement Living’s Festive Cheer event at Dutton Lodge in Penrith.

Carole was nominated as a ‘Festive VIP’ by friends and Colleagues at the development, who felt that she deserved a treat this Christmas. The event on Wednesday 6th December included beautiful decorations, festive food and drink, and a special Christmas hamper and £100 M&S voucher for Carole.

Churchill’s ‘Festive Cheer’ initiative had asked people up and down the country to nominate someone who deserved to be rewarded for their commitment to volunteering or charity work this year, or someone who is lonely or has faced some hard times, or simply a loved one who deserves to be spoiled this Christmas.

Unfortunately Carole was unable to attend the event, but her friend Audrey stepped in to pick up the prize on her behalf. 

Audrey said: “It was wonderful to collect these lovely gifts on behalf of my friend Carole. She has been quite poorly so we all felt she deserves some festive cheer this Christmas, and she was absolutely delighted to be nominated for this lovely prize.”

Churchill’s Area Sales Manager Lisa Obertelli added: “According to Age UK, almost 1.5 million older people feel lonelier at Christmas than any other time of year. Our Festive Cheer events were designed to spread some seasonal magic, and we’re delighted to have done that for Carole here in Penrith.”  

Churchill provides purpose-built one and two bedroom privately-owned apartments for the over 60s, set amongst attractive landscaped gardens. All developments come with an Owners’ Lounge for events and socialising, a Guest Suite where family and friends can stay, a Lodge Manager, free parking, secure camera entry and a 24-hour call centre support system.