IN one sense, it was just an opportunity to enjoy the type of traditional Christmas in July meal that many of their contemporaries might have done in past weeks.
But for Allan and Cecilia Hayton, of Singleton, last Thursday’s lunchtime treat at RAAFA Estate Meadow Springs was so much more.
The Haytons, both aged in their 70s, are full-time carers for two of their grandchildren.
Nine years ago, they took on responsibility for their granddaughter, who was then just three years old.
Two years later, they also took on their grandson who was aged just nine months.
Mrs Hayton said she was pleased that Simplicity Funerals organised the annual, fully catered lunch because it gave her and her husband a chance to get dressed up, have a delicious meal and enjoy the company of other grandcarers.
On Thursday, 22 guests shared a traditional Christmas feast while the children they look after were all at school.
Wanslea Grandcare has more than 50 ‘grand-families’ registered in its Mandurah network.
Grandcarers care fulltime for their grandchildren for a variety of reasons, including death of the parents, mental illness or drugs or alcohol dependency.
If you wish to know more about Wanslea Grandcare, call 1800 008 323.