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Harvest Thanksgiving Service for residents and staff at St Dominic's care home in Kelvedon

Harvest 2014 at St Dominics - picture of Alberto

The first volunteer recruited by Debbie Tanner, our development officer, proved to be an inspiration for everyone with whom he comes into contact. His name is Alberto Arlonghi and, now retired, he lives in Coggeshall with his wife. He travels on buses four times a week visiting three different care homes in the Braintree area. Debbie says "Alberto is a real treasure. Generosity oozes out of him, and I don't think he realizes how he raises people's spirits when he walks into a room, he’s an inspiration to us all."

On Tuesday, 30th September at 10 30am he held a Harvest Thanksgiving Service for residents and staff at St Dominic's care home in Kelvedon.

Photo of Amy and Alberto

Amy Baker, one of our Community Visitors, was on hand to assist him, but it was Alberto who organized everything. He brought in lots of goodies, bread, fruit, vegetables etc., all paid for by the care home.

Photo of residents at St Dominics enjoying Harvest  with Alberto

The whole morning was much enjoyed by residents, staff and visitors. Hymns were sung with gusto, and lots of laughter permeated the event. 


Many lovely memories of past harvest festivals were evoked, and the sense of continuity was comforting for those residents who can no longer get to Church.

Alberto and pianist at St Dominics Harvest

People like Alberto are like the sunshine which makes everything full of life. Thank you Alberto!

If you would like more information about volunteering or about our community visitor’s programme please contact Debbie who will be pleased to hear from you:

debbie@mhlec.org tel 0845 017 1095