Elliott Winter-Lamon’s first birthday celebrations were set to be a big family affair, with relatives from across the country and beyond getting together to celebrate the milestone with some meeting Elliott for the first time. Sadly Covid 19 got in the way and the party plans had to be shelved.
Mum, Ali explains “We were excited to celebrate Elliott’s first birthday with our family and friends and had planned a party hoping for lovely May weather”. Still wanting to mark the occasion with family and friends, Ali and Elliott’s dad Scott set about organising a celebration with a difference “We didn’t want people to put themselves at risk by having to buy and send presents to Elliott and to be honest our house is already full of toys. However, we didn’t want to miss out on birthday celebrations and having fun with our loved ones, so we decided to have a socially distant party instead. We have asked our friends, family & neighbours to don their favourite party attire, put some bunting up and have some cake from the safety of their own homes, it’s an open invitation too, anyone can join in. We also wanted to do something to support our local community, we are aware of the vital work that Stockport Foodbank does, and at this time with so many people requiring its services, it made the most sense to support it. So we asked people to donate what they would have spent on gifts and travel to Stockport Foodbank instead.”
The family, who live in Hazel Grove, set up a justgiving fundraiser, asking people to donate money to Stockport Foodbank instead of buying Elliott presents and then to enjoy a garden party and send through some photos. Ali then plans to produce a photo keepsake for Elliott of his first world-wide birthday party as a memento of his special day.
Ali tells us “We chose to support Stockport Foodbank as we are keen to help alleviate pressure off people in our local community and, in these testing times, we knew the demand at food banks was on the rise. We can’t wait to be able to share with Elliott when he’s old enough to understand, the total amount of money that was donated to such a worthy cause to celebrate his first birthday.”
The family are aiming to raise £500 for Stockport Foodbank. If you would like to donate please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/partywithelliott