Rocket power fuels fun for residents

Families all wrapped up for a chilly night and fireworks fun at the Hovenden House display. SG071115-217TW
Families all wrapped up for a chilly night and fireworks fun at the Hovenden House display. SG071115-217TW

Residents of the Hovenden House Leonard Cheshire Home at Fleet were among a 250-strong crowd enjoying a fantastic fireworks display on Saturday night.

The event will go on giving for the residents because the £640 proceeds are going into a pot to pay for extra treats such as day trips.

George and Charlie Almey enjoyed the night out. SG071115-209TW

George and Charlie Almey enjoyed the night out. SG071115-209TW

Joseph Paduch, the home’s activities and volunteer coordinator, said the Hovenden fireworks display was re-started last year in a small way but Saturday’s event was a “massive success” thanks to the families who turned out, sponsors and Hovenden Park Golf Club, who allowed use of their land for the display.

“We had 104 cars come through the gates,” said Joseph. “The gates didn’t open until 6 o’clock and people were turning up at half-past five.”

He said the home hopes to build on its success and have an even bigger event next year. The display was run by staff member Simon Ayton, volunteer Paul Pugh and Ben Wright, son of a member of staff.

Happy faces lit up at the Hovenden fireworks display. SG071115-215TW

Happy faces lit up at the Hovenden fireworks display. SG071115-215TW

Emily Warrick on dad Peter's shoulders. SG071115-219TW

Emily Warrick on dad Peter's shoulders. SG071115-219TW

Hovenden House resident Pam Pawson (front) with Ivan and Elaine Thurlby. SG071115-220TW

Hovenden House resident Pam Pawson (front) with Ivan and Elaine Thurlby. SG071115-220TW

Fireworks lighting up the night sky. SG071115-221TW

Fireworks lighting up the night sky. SG071115-221TW