New Directions charity enjoys Christmas meal at Dunchurch Park Hotel

Acting Manager Andrea Hann, Senior Support Worker Dee Checkley and Acting Team Leader Francis Frere-Benz
Acting Manager Andrea Hann, Senior Support Worker Dee Checkley and Acting Team Leader Francis Frere-Benz

This Christmas Dunchurch Park Hotel generously hosted a charitable meal for learning disabled people from New Directions charity.

The hotel dedicated the use of its big hall to New Directions on December 10, meaning that 80 to 100 people, including people with learning disabilities from the charity’s day activities and opportunities service Community Choices Network, their families and carers could celebrate Christmas together.

Meals were kindly provided at concessionary prices.

New Directions’ learning disabled service users enjoy taking part in traditional festivities and this event was no exception, with a surprise visit from a festive snowman laden with presents.

The charity’s service users take part in a Christmas meal or two over the festive season and enjoy all the seasonal activities in the wider community.

For the second year the hotel has offered New Directions the opportunity to organise a Christmas dinner with a variety of meal choices at a charitable concessionary price.

Dee Checkley, team leader at New Directions day activities service, said: “Christmas is a time for goodwill and spending time with friends and family.

“Having this Christmas meal at Dunchurch Park Hotel enabled our customers with learning disabilities to join in with the Christmas spirit that they enjoy so much.

“On behalf of our service users I would like to thank Dunchurch Park Hotel for their generous hospitality and its staff who are very helpful, understanding and compassionate.”

New Directions currently offers supported living, home care, respite, day activities, transition support from adolescence to adulthood, residential services and dementia support.

The charity’s new home, The Exchange, in Albert Street, Rugby, is available for businesses and groups to hire for meetings , conferences and events.

To find out more about New Directions’ services, call (01788) 573318 or go to