New Hope’s Coronation Celebration2 May 2023
Our New Hope service hosted a BBQ on Friday 28th, April, in celebration of King Charles’ Coronation.
Based in Lewisham, New Hope is a high-support service for men on a mental health journey of change and recovery.
Service Manager Stella Asiimwe said that the BBQ was an opportunity for staff and residents to be part of the wider national celebrations, and everyone had gotten into the spirit of things. The residents helped with shopping, decorating with flags, and prep for the BBQ. One resident even taking responsibility for mowing the lawn, while another mended the fence. Staff did the cooking and welcomed and entertained guests.
Many felt honoured to be able to mark such an important event. Recovery Worker Shepherd Chikumbindi, who took control of the BBQ, said that the coronation is a unique moment in our lives. He said: “I first met King Charles in Zimbabwe in 1980 as Prince Charles when he came for Zimbabwe’s independence celebrations. It is a great privilege to be part of his coronation celebrations, and I am so excited.”
The atmosphere was relaxed yet celebratory, with lots of food and drink.
Attendees included The South London Head of Service, other Services’ managers, Recovery Workers from other services, Central Services staff, as well as New Hope residents and staff.
Attendees waved flags and cheered, although the planned rendition of the National Anthem did not go ahead due to a lack of volunteers.
All agreed it was a lovely celebration.