LIVE - The magazine for Optivo residents Winter 2017 - Page 15

Going the extra mile for good causes Black History Month in Birmingham Harmony House and Barbara Glasgow House in Birmingham hosted a Black History Month event. More than 60 residents had the pleasure of listening to music performed by Tropical Islanders, a steel band trio who played traditional songs from the Caribbean. There was a variety of mouth watering dishes to try, including fried fish, jerk pork and barbeque chicken. The residents said it was a brilliant day and they’d like to attend future events. Iris Hughes has been busy knitting toys, hats and blankets for local hospitals and causes, including the Salvation Army. The 81 year old, from Christoper Court, Birmingham, took up the hobby after her favourite hobby, gardening, became too difficult. She says she enjoys the challenge despite suffering with painful hands. She added: “It keeps me out of mischief and I get so much pleasure seeing the end result.” Residents and friends at Servite House, Old Oscott Hill, Birmingham, danced the night away at their Halloween party. There was a DJ as well as a bring and share buffet. Issy Harris, Scheme Manager, said: “Everyone enjoyed themselves so much they didn’t want to go home!” A big thank you to Louise Campbell (pictured), daughter of resident Inez Pinnock, who cooked for residents, family and friends to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The final total was £323.41! 15