A CHARITY which supports homeless people in South Lakeland is gearing up for its first face-to-face fundraising event since the beginning of the pandemic.

Manna House, in Kendal, is preparing for the return of its garden party, which will take place on July 3 at Gooseholme, after a year’s absence.

The charity’s chief officer, Andrea Aldridge, said that after a break during 2020, the return of the event promises to be very special.

“Our Friends of Manna House Garden Party is the highlight of our very active fundraising year in the South Lakes," she said.

"The event is brilliantly supported by the local community and businesses who understand how important our work is.

“This socially distanced event will be a welcome return to wandering and chattering whilst enjoying our special refreshments.

“Homemade marmalade, plants, and crafts by our Sew What? women's group will also be on sale. All monies raised will go towards our essential services – including housing and benefits advice and advocacy, learning and skills development opportunities, and group sessions.”

Since 2013 the Garden Party event has brought in more than £8000 to support of Manna House’s work.

For details of the Friends of Manna House Garden Party visit www.manna-house.org.uk