EMS Sponsor Gateway Housing Association, Residents’ Fair 2016

EMS Engineering Services Maintenance were proud to be sponsors of Gateway Housing Associations’ annual residents’ fair in celebration of 90 years in the East End. This took place at the historic Town Hall Hotel in East London and proved a huge success for all who took part.

This was Gateways biggest annual event and eagerly anticipated due to the success of previous years, but this was a particularly special event due to a very special birthday for Gateway. So it was time to pull out all the stops with a huge variety of activities, a delicious lunch, courtesy of revered chef Lee Wescott at The Typing Room, the hotel’s famous restaurant and advice stalls for residents to meet with the board and staff from Gateway to obtain advice on welfare, scrutiny issues, additional services from Gateway and general, useful information, all given with a warm and friendly smile.

The day kicked off with registration and a chance for attendees to obtain their tickets for lunch and a prize draw to win one of three fantastic prizes, an I Pad Air in gold, afternoon tea for two at The Ritz and a shopping voucher worth £125!

Following registration, Chief Executive Sheron Carter proudly gave a presentation of 90 years of Gateway, their milestones and achievements and to celebrate with raising awareness to residents of the commitment from Gateway to continue providing affordable housing in the East End to all that require it.

There were plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained. These included a health and wellbeing corner, where residents could be pampered with a hand and arm massage, a sugar game from My Time Active, where children were asked to taste certain foods and guess the sugar content, raising awareness to what our food really contains and what to look out for to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle and a fun ‘selfie booth’ where residents were able to show off their photo taking abilities; as well as a resident’s photo display for all to see.

Representatives from the Women’s Environmental Network handed out seeds for residents to plant at home and nurture, to grow something wonderful. A metaphor perhaps for the growth and success of Gateway in its 90 years of service.

Activities for children continued with face painting, a circus workshop which involved a circus display and teaching the kids to juggle, cup cake decorating and paper hat creating, keeping little hands occupied for most of the afternoon, which received a warm welcome from the parents!

For the science geeks, The Engineering Facility at UCL, UCELL taught kids and adults alike how to make an eco-car with a fuel cell and Code R Dojo provided interactive coding activities, keeping brains working hard and ticking over!

The day ended with the eagerly anticipated prize draw where three lucky winners took away their fantastic prizes.

EMS Engineering Maintenance Services Ltd are proud to have been a part of this worthwhile, informative and fun event and will continue to support Gateway in its promise to provide affordable, comfortable and safe housing for its residents.

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