Residents of Lily House and Fen House in Ely enjoy lunch and music together for the first time

Peggy Gibbon, who recently retired from Soham Town Council, with the Mayoress of Ely, Cassie Rouse,

Peggy Gibbon, who recently retired from Soham Town Council, with the Mayoress of Ely, Cassie Rouse, and Eileen Thompson. - Credit: Archant

Residents of Lily House in Ely enjoyed a Big Lunch with Fen House, a neighbouring brain injury unit.

Mayoress of Ely, Cassie Rouse, with rehabilitation co-ordinator Lisa Thompson and the Tesco Ely comm

Mayoress of Ely, Cassie Rouse, with rehabilitation co-ordinator Lisa Thompson and the Tesco Ely community support officer at Lily House enjoying the Big Lunch. - Credit: Archant

The event was organised by rehabilitation co-ordinator Lisa Thompson and among those in attendance were mayoress of Ely Cassie Rouse and the Tesco Ely community support officer.

It was the first time the two neighbouring homes had got together for a lunch, and everyone enjoyed karaoke and a sing-along.

Residents from Lily House, Ely, enjoying the Big Lunch with neighbours Fen House.

Residents from Lily House, Ely, enjoying the Big Lunch with neighbours Fen House. - Credit: Archant

There was also lots of food made by chefs at both homes.

There are already plans to hold a similar event in the future.

Mayoress of Ely, Cassie Rouse, with rehabilitation co-ordinator Lisa Thompson and the Tesco Ely comm

Mayoress of Ely, Cassie Rouse, with rehabilitation co-ordinator Lisa Thompson and the Tesco Ely community support officer at Lily House enjoying the Big Lunch. - Credit: Archant


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It was also Miss Rouse’s first solo event as mayoress.

The Big Lunch was started in 2009 by a group of people at the Eden Project. It is now sponsored by the National Lottery.

Mayoress of Ely, Cassie Rouse, with rehabilitation co-ordinator Lisa Thompson and the Tesco Ely comm

Mayoress of Ely, Cassie Rouse, with rehabilitation co-ordinator Lisa Thompson and the Tesco Ely community support officer at Lily House enjoying the Big Lunch. - Credit: Archant

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Fen House is a specialist rehabilitation centre that provides residential rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury.

Opened in 2005, it is part of the nationwide network of rehabilitation support services provided by The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).

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