Harpenden Lions and friends, accompanied by members of the St. Albans City Band, sing carols at Sue Ryder Care, Stagenhoe.

Annual Carol Singing at Sue Ryder Care, Stagenhoe

Since the 1980s each December Harpenden Lions, families and friends, travel to Sue Ryder Care, Stagenhoe, to sing carols for the patients. Near St Paul’s Walden, Hitchin, the home provides 24 hour holistic nursing care for residents with neurological disabilities such as Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, strokes etc. It is a comfortable and homely atmosphere. See www.suerydercare.org/stagenhoe

In recent years members of St Albans City Band have accompanied the Lions singers to give a rousing rendition of carols. The choir moves to different parts of the building to ensure that even those who cannot move from their beds can join in the Christmas cheer.

Traditionally the carols are followed with mince pies with the staff. The singers enjoy the event – some say that it is the real start of Christmas.

Sue Ryder, Stagenhoe

In 2014 Lion President Chris Stalvies presented a cheque for £1,125 to Pamela Ghisli from Sue Ryder, Stagenhoe from monies raised at the club’s Charity Golf Day. It will contribute to the creation of a sensory garden for the enjoyment and stimulation of their residents.