“Every adventure has a first step” Lewis Carroll

2020 - Was intended to be a big year for Oaklea - we were 30 years old - thanks to Covid19, celebrations were put back to Summer 2021. So enjoy our gallery of what went down on a ‘virtual’ night of 26th June.

Let the image adventure begin….

Through the Looking Glass -30 Years Celebration

“Every adventure has a first step.” Lewis Carroll

The big night remembered - think we played our cards right!

In 2020 The Oaklea Trust charity reached a major milestone – we turned 30 years old. It’s something really worth celebrating. The evening’s theme was inspired by Alice in Wonderland as we took everyone ‘through the looking glass’ and our journey over 3 momentous decades.

The Event took place virtually by Zoom on Saturday 26th June 2021 with a keynote speaker - Andy Beeforth OBE from CCF - Cumbria Community Foundation.

A competition was also held on the night for best themed fancy dress - there were winners -but I think you’ll agree from the snaps below -everyone came up trumps -in fact to be fair some of our crew need very little persuading to ‘get into character’!

So enjoy some of the images from the night…from across a Northern ‘Wonderland’


Hopping in -White Rabbit emerges in deepest Lakeland - Sarah Iveson I presume!

Hands off - Don’t be afraid - it’s only NE Team Manager Paul Copley!

This party’s got legs: In County Durham there’s a caterpillar called Pauline crawling it’s way to the party…..

Are you sitting comfortably -a cheeky tea about to be served - Oaklea customers at No 34, Kendal

Top double act in Barrow - Mark n Ella -I think we know who you are!

And for my next trick - Gemma from Barnard Castle

Top Hatter - Introducing to proceedings -Maisie n Sally Dawson

Time please - Oaklea Director Alex Wolfenden hops on board -she’s never late (Shhhhh!)

Hats off to Hannah!

(Another) Rabbit outta the hat for Alice…er Nicola in County Durham!

Queen of HR? - No it’s Queen of Hearts Joanne!

Clean sweep for Alice…er Helen….!

Wigtastic - Off with their heads….Oaklea has a new Queen in town - Director Sue Green!

And Gillian has really gone to town (Barnard castle to be precise!) on her Queen of Hearts outfit….

Groovy Hatted Andrew…..rockin’ the cool approach!

No Joshin’ here - It’s enterprising Josh from Right2Work Furniture Warehouse

How we got here

All those who attended received a bumper goody bag with an Alice in Wonderland theme!


Oaklea customers were also involved in shaping the event - playing for fun!

This is Oaklea supported Andrew - he’s a bit of a musical maestro and despite not being able to read music can play and create almost anything by ear - in March 2021 he started to look at ideas for providing a possible soundtrack for the videos/interval…

Keeping it under his hat….

As the night approached Oaklea customers started to get more involved…..Steve and the rest of his pals at this Oaklea house in South Lakes were busy getting their home all ‘dressed’ & ready for the big night. At the time Steve would’ve loved to tell you what was in store…but had to keep it under his hat!

They’re definitely working well to the ‘Wonderland’ theme….

Award winners….

On the night many employees and customers received awards - some of those included

To me to you - Deputy Head of Care Liz Lomas presents Clare Brown from Carlisle with an employee award
Hands on - Children & Young People’s Team boss, Matthew ‘Matty D’ Douglas gets an employee award from Director Sue Green

Get involved

If you didn’t attend and would like to support us - why not make a donation or contribute in some other way. Give us a call - and we can talk any ideas through Speak to us or T:01539 735025 OR make a donation via our online fundraising page Oaklea Trust VirginMoneyGiving page


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