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Tea, cake and companionship at Tudor Park


Some very special guests were given the red-carpet treatment at Tudor Park Marriot Hotel & Country Club in Bearsted on Sunday.

To mark a year of fundraising and supporting the local branch of Contact the Elderly, the hotel held a spring-themed tea party and an afternoon of activities for around 30 guests among which was World War II veteran Fred Hatcher. 

“The tea parties mean a lot to me, they give me something to do,” says 91-year-old World War II veteran and Maidstone resident Fred Hatcher. “I really enjoyed the one at Tudor Park – it is always good there.  I like looking out over the pond and we had a smashing tea.”

Volunteers from hotel departments provided companionship and conversation over afternoon tea prepared by executive chef Gary Head and his team.  At one point, several of the guests got up to dance as Amy Bentley, a member of Tudor Park’s front office team, sang to them.

“It was a wonderful afternoon with lots of happy faces,” said Jessica Suttons,  chair of the hotel’s charity committee. “Contact the Elderly does an amazing job bringing together people who are seeking companionship and it was a privilege for all of us here at Tudor Park to play a role in that.”

As part of its activities to embrace the local community, Tudor Park supports a number of charities with fundraising events throughout the year. It’s chosen charities for 2019 are the Maidstone branch of Guide Dogs and Help for Heroes, and every year it supports the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) and the Bearsted Woodland Trust. 


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