Walking on the seafront and fancy a winter warmer? Grandma's Little House is the place to go
PUBLISHED: 16:53 25 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:53 25 November 2018
Two Felixstowe friends are opening their award-winning beach hut again this winter to offer walkers and swimmers a warming drink - and raise funds for charity.
Friends Karen Kenny, 70, and Joy Reeve, 72, owner of the 2017 national Beach Hut of the Year, will this year be supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The hut at Manor End is now open through to Easter Saturday, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 1pm.
Joy and Karen will be serving warming drinks for beachgoers, swimmers or dog-walkers enjoying a bracing morning stroll – along with a range of homemade cakes.
Karen’s mother had Alzheimer’s disease, and this has motivated Karen and Joy to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s dementia research.
Karen said: “Each time that we open our beach huts and fundraise, it’s because of somebody we know. I looked after my mother when she had Alzheimer’s, so we’re raising money for the second year in a row for this important charity.”
The pair, who have been best friends for nearly 60 years, have great fun at their hut.
Karen said: “We’ve made some great friends, and we know all the dogs, too – it’s a dog café as well. We are there in all conditions, whatever the weather, so we don’t let anybody down. We love the sea, we love the sky. It’s a wonderful place and we’re entertained all the time.”
The beach hut, known to all as Grandma’s Little House, was named Towergate Beach Hut of the Year last year after winning the public’s votes and the judges’ praise.
Phil Spencer – presenter of Channel 4’s Location, Location, Location show, and a Beach Hut of the Year judge – visited to present Joy with a £1,000 prize and a plaque.
The hut, named by her grandson Oscar, carries on a tradition that has spanned generations of her family – and historian Kathryn Ferry, also a judge for the competition, described it as a great example of how the humble beach hut has united young and old to enjoy simple seaside pleasures since the 1890s.
Over the past few years the winter refreshments have raised more than £5,000 for charity.
A spokeswoman for Alzheimer’s Research UK said: “Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, bringing together the people and organisations who can speed up progress, and investing in cutting-edge research.
“We believe that medical research can and will deliver life-changing preventions, treatments and one day, a cure for dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK exists to make this happen and with your support, we’ll make life-changing breakthroughs possible.”