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Press Release: Tokio cheers seniors

Children from Somersfield Academy sing for seniors at Lefroy House as part of a day of cheer organised by Tokio Millennium Re (Photograph supplied)

For the past five years, Tokio Millennium Re (TMR) has been spreading holiday cheer to the residents of Lefroy House. It all started when TMR supported the Centre on Philanthropy’s Holiday Cheer appeal and picked Lefroy House back in 2013.

Back then the residents were asked for their wish list and members of the TMR Donations Committee went out and bought each item for the residents. These included things like cracker jacks, batteries for a radio, vests and costume jewellery. TMR also purchased Christmas cards from the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute and had staff sign them for each resident. Gifts were distributed by TMR employees and cards were read to each of the residents.

Last year, the Donations Committee decided to add another dimension by inviting the children of Somerfield Academy to sing over a lunch catered by Buzz. Gift baskets were given to each resident and again the TMR employees signed cards.

This year, the Donations Committee purchased pyjamas from Marks & Spencer for each resident and again invited the children of Somerfield Academy to sing. It was a fantastic day and the seniors were singing along with the children to a variety of holiday songs like Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells. The children’s signing was accompanied by violins and a guitar.

Buzz chefs then served lunch which was a choice of turkey and ham along with all the trimmings including Brussels sprouts, carrots and stuffing. Dessert included bread and butter pudding and cassava pie.

Kathleen Faries, Head of TMR Bermuda said “Our Donations Committee has been bringing Holiday cheer to the Lefroy House residents and staff for many years. We consider it a privilege and a joy to spend time with them at the holidays. The choir from Somerfield was outstanding — such talent. A delightful afternoon all around!”