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A fitting tribute

Tea, cakes and sandwiches were the delights of an afternoon dedicated to celebrating the life of Michael Law.
 
On Tuesday 25 June 80 hard of hearing guests gathered together at GDA to enjoy a 1950's inspired Tea Party in memory of a dear friend, supporter and trustee Michael Law.
 
Michael sadly passed away in November 2012 and it was only right that all his GDA friends came together to celebrate his life and all the hard work he did for the charity as well as the local hard of hearing communities. Being hard of hearing himself, Michael knew too well how important the support of fellow people living with hearing loss was.
 
The afternoon was a feast of cakes and sandwiches as well as copious amounts of tea. The food and refreshments were very kindly donated by Tesco Extra in Brockworth, Sainsbury's in Barnwood, Whole Foods in Cheltenham and from GDA staff who got their baking hats on the night before. Certainly no-one left feeling hungry!!
 
The GDA hall was transformed into a quaint 1950's feel with an array of colourful bunting, antique tea pots and tea sets and little flower posies for each table.
 
We were delighted to welcome Millbrook Academy to the afternoon, whose students came along to sing some 1950's songs, which they'd learnt especially for the event. Lead by Katrina Wyndow, the youngsters belted out tunes from Elvis Presley and Bill Haley and His Comets.
 
The whole occasion was a roaring success and a fitting tribute to a man who meant so much to so many people. We were extremely grateful to Councillor David Brown, a friend of Michael's, who came to share the occasion but also say a few words. The event would never have been what it was without the help of our wonderful volunteers; Ann and Adrian Welsh and Mandy Thurland from Tesco Extra in Brockworth who were absolute stars in serving tea, washing up and making sure the guests were suitably catered for. A massive thank you to them for all their hard work.
 
Thanks to a raffle draw and the generosity of guests, the Tea Party raised a fantastic £256 which will help fund the services and support GDA offers to the hard of hearing population of Gloucestershire.  
 
As people left to go home, the comment that echoed around the room was how much fun everyone had had. I  think it's safe to say that given the success of our first Tea Party, the event will back again next year!!
 
If you would like to hold your own Tea Party in aid of GDA we'd love to hear from you. Why not get in touch to find out what you can do to help make a difference to people living with hearing loss. Drop us a line on 01452 372999 or email gemma.sills@glosdeaf.org.uk

 
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