PEOPLE in Basingstoke are being invited to join Churchill Retirement Living at its Austen Lodge development for a special Winter Warmer event to raise funds for the Basingstoke branch of the Men’s Sheds charity.

From 10.30am to 12.30pm on Wednesday, February 14, everyone is welcome to step out of the cold and into the warmth of the development’s owners’ lounge, where they can enjoy coffee, cake and a chat in return for a small donation.

All of the money raised will go to the Basingstoke Men’s Shed charity, providing a communal workshop where men of all ages can feel at home and pursue practical interests.

Caroline Haswell, senior marketing manager for Churchill Retirement Living, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming people to our Winter Warmer event to raise funds for such a great charity, to help it continue its vital work.

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"Every penny counts, which is why we’re asking as many people as possible to come along and support the event and make a donation in return for the refreshments on offer.

"It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy a bit of indulgence, as well as an opportunity for visitors to experience the lifestyle, friendship and community spirit on offer here.”

Churchill’s Winter Warmer events take place throughout February at its retirement developments across the country, with all the money raised going towards local causes chosen by its apartment owners and colleagues.