The Season that Keeps on Giving 136 Years Later

HONOURING a wish made over a century ago by Belfast Historian and renowned philanthropist, George Benn, the Belfast Charitable Society hosted a spectacular Christmas dinner for the residents of Clifton House Care Home run by Radius Housing.

Looking back in history, George Benn once bestowed to the Belfast Charitable Society a sum of £1,000 to always provide a special dinner for the residents of the Poor House at Christmas. On Wednesday 19th December, Clifton House Residential Home observed this fine tradition for the 136th year.

The annual event hosted by David Watters, Chairperson of the Belfast Charitable Society, welcomed the Lord Mayor of Belfast and Sir Ronald Weatherup, President of the Belfast Charitable Society, to enjoy an afternoon of festive cheer with the residents of Clifton House Care Home, which included gifts from Santa, entertainment and a fabulous Christmas dinner, just as George Benn had wished.

Paula Reynolds, Chief Executive of the Belfast Charitable Society commented, “We are an organisation that is driven by the history of our ancestors and the Benn Dinner is a wonderful tradition that we strive to honour every year. It is about bringing some Christmas cheer to the residents, which is something that everyone should experience this time of year.”

Clifton House Residential Home was extensively refurbished in 2003 and is housed within the Georgian elegance of Clifton House in the heart of the City. Having recently taken new tenants in the form of Radius Housing, Clifton House Care Home provides residential care for those in old age and with dementia, accommodating up to 27 residents by providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Paula continues, “Philanthropy is a core business of the Belfast Charitable Society and the Benn dinner is a small gesture of goodwill to the residents of Clifton House, one that is very much welcomed and appreciated by all. I have full faith that we will continue to honour George Benn’s wishes for many years to come.”