19 December 2013, 12:30pm
Two care homes in Devizes received a special Christmas delivery from the Wadworth dray and Bath Rugby yesterday, as Matt Garvey and Anthony Perenise helped deliver hampers and bottles of 6X to the residents.
Matt and Anthony joined Max the Shire horse, and Wadworth horsemen Martin and Callum Whittle to spread some Christmas cheer around the town.
Max was even dressed for the occasion, with red ribbons in his mane and on his harness, and decorations on his dray.
The first stop was Southfield House in Victoria Road where Manager Val Weston met the dray accompanied by resident Tom Combeer who, like 6X, is celebrating his 90th birthday this year. Several of the other residents came out to say hello to Shire horse, Max, and then the Bath players spent time chatting to residents before presenting two hampers of full of seasonal Wadworth 6X goodies, and some extra bottles of 6X for the residents to enjoy with at their Christmas party.
"We've been looking forward to this," said Val. "Everyone wanted to see Max, and we've got our Christmas party tonight so the beer and hampers are very welcome – we're going to have a great time!" This is the last Christmas the residents of Southfield House will spend in their current home, as they move to new premises in Halton Road next year.
The dray then moved on to Mayfield Care Home in the Nursteed Road, where they were met by Manager Sharon Cottrell and several residents, all of whom had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the players. "The residents have been really excited about meeting the players and seeing the dray," said Sharon. "The hampers and beer will be a very welcome part of our Christmas festivities."
"It was a pleasure for us to take the dray along to meet some of Devizes' oldest residents and to wish them a very Happy Christmas," said Paul Sullivan, Wadworth Sales and Marketing Director. "Max is always a star wherever he goes, and this time he was accompanied by two more 'heavyweights' – a pair of Bath Rugby's finest players. They certainly made an impact at the homes they visited and bought some festive cheer!"