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Hundreds raised for residents at care home Christmas fayre

Residents at care home enjoying their Christmas fayre

A CARE home Christmas fayre has raised hundreds of pounds for residents.

Sycamore Hall Care Home’s annual festive celebration was attended by dignitaries from Ripon City Council alongside staff, residents and their family members.

Mayor Cllr Pauline McHardy, her consort Cllr Eamon Parkin and Deputy Mayor Cllr Charlie Powell were among the guests.

Craft stalls selling Christmas gifts, handmade soaps, knitted goods and jigsaws, among other items, helped raised £639.47 for the home’s residents’ fund.

There was also a cake stall and tombola with prizes donated by staff, relatives and friends.

Christmas card appeal for Huddersfield’s elderly

Elderly man with Christmas cards

Make an elderly resident’s Christmas by sending them a card, care home staff have appealed. The festive holidays can be a lonely time for those with no family and friends to celebrate with, says Aden Lodge Care Home manager Kim Hardy. So the home, on Long Lane, Clayton West, is asking the community to consider sending a Christmas card.

Kim said: “Staff do everything they can to make Christmas a special time of year for residents, while providing the care they need.

“A simple Christmas card to our residents will help make their Christmas that much more special.

“Many of our residents don’t have family and friends anymore and a card will make all the difference.

Best ancillary worker in the North East care industry is…

Winner of best ancillary worker in the North East

HANDYMAN Chris Sogorkski has been named the best ancillary worker in the North East care industry.

The Oaks Care Home maintenance man picked up the award at The Great North East Care Awards 2018 gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel, in Gateshead.

The accolade recognises Chris’s person-centred service, excellence and pride in his work and the dignity and respect he shows residents and staff at the home, in Blyth, Northumberland.

He said: “I can’t believe it. I love working at The Oaks. The residents are lovely and the staff are wonderful.  

“I can’t thank home manager Ann Mielnik enough for nominating me. It’s a great honour to have been given this award.”

Father Christmas helps raise over £1,000 for care home residents

Father Christmas with his elf

FATHER Christmas made an appearance at a Chester-le-Street care home’s festive fayre – helping to raise over £1,000 for residents.

The event at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, attracted dozens of visitors, including family and friends of residents and staff.

Santa’s grotto, jewellery and bric-a-brac stalls, homemade Christmas cards, cakes and hotdogs all helped raise £1,016.

The money will be added to the residents’ fund, which helps pay for events, activities and outings throughout the year.

Resident Florence Besford said: “It’s lovely to see you, Father Christmas.

Christopher Hogan-Hind, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, said: “A massive thank you to everyone who came along and supported our Christmas fayre.

Youngsters sing for elderly on UN Children’s Day

Youngsters singing for elderly on UN Children’s Day

NURSERY children have been entertaining elderly care home residents as part of the United Nations Universal Children’s Day.

Youngsters from Orchard Day Nursery, in Huyton, near Liverpool, put on a singing show at nearby Aaron Grange Care Home.

The home’s residents and staff enjoyed the performance and joined in with many of the songs.

Clare Richards, home manager at Aaron Grange Care Home, on Blacklow Brow, Huyton, said: “There were lots of sing-along songs and the residents thoroughly enjoyed it.

“They’re all looking forward to the children visiting again and getting involved with arts and crafts, reading, board games and other fun activities.”

MFC mementoes help residents with dementia reminisce

Billy James - dementia sufferer - with his MFC mementoes

THE BORO Foundation has been sending out memorabilia boxes to care homes to help residents with dementia reminisce.

The boxes containing old programmes, tickets and photos, among other items from past Middlesbrough FC games, have been the centre of activities run at the homes.

Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, in Thornaby, was one of those benefitting from the scheme.

The home works closely with the Middlesbrough FC Foundation’s National Citizenship Service (NCS), offering teenage volunteers opportunities to work with elderly residents.

Kelly Daley, the Foundation’s NCS lead, said: “The club has delivered a number of dementia tours at the Riverside Stadium and the feedback was overwhelming.  

Party for resident’s ruby wedding anniversary

Party for resident’s ruby wedding anniversary

AN “UNFORGETTABLE” party was held at a Rotherham care home to celebrate a resident’s ruby wedding anniversary.

Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, Parkgate, invited family, friends and fellow residents to join Michael and Pauline Crowley in celebrating 40 years of marriage.

Staff at the home put on a buffet and served bucks fizz to toast the happy couple.

Michael, who has lived at Broadacres Care Home since December 2017, said: “It was a day to remember. I love Pauline just as much as I did on our wedding day.”

Pauline said: “It was an unforgettable and emotional day. Everyone at Broadacres did us proud.”

Michael and Pauline married at Rotherham registry office in October 1978.

Poppy gown created by care home in tribute to veterans

Longmore Poppy Dress

A POPPY gown has been created by a Sandiacre care home residents to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

The elaborate frock has been covered in handmade poppies of different sizes and is adorned with the phrase: “Lest we forget”.

Residents at Longmoor Lodge Care Home, on Longmoor Lane, came up with the idea after informing care home staff they wanted to do something special for the centenary.

Treetops Hospice charity shop, on Derby Road, loaned a manikin to the care home for the project.

Care home’s remembrance ceremony for former resident Jill

Care home’s remembrance ceremony - residents setting off balloons

Loving husband Peter Stapleton donated a bench to a Chesterfield care home in memory of his wife. Jill Stapleton lived at Barnfield Care Home, on Heath Road, Holmewood, for over four years, until February 2018. A remembrance ceremony was held at the home with Peter, Jill’s friends, fellow residents, family members and care home staff.

After donating the bench, Peter said: “I wanted the home to have something to remember her by.”

Those at the ceremony were invited to write messages to loved ones lost, which were attached to balloons and let off in the home’s garden.

Baby yoga classes held at Teesside care home

Baby yoga classes at care home

BABIES and elderly care home residents are taking part in yoga sessions together at a Stockton-on-Tees care home.

The Kalma Baby sessions are held at Ingleby Care Home, Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick, with residents and visitors with young children all invited to participate.

Staff, residents’ families and members of the community with babies and toddlers have all been taking part.

Bringing the two generations together provides benefits for both groups, explained Jessica Jolly, who runs the sessions.

Jessica, who works as a mental health nurse, said: “The session at Ingleby Care Home went down really well. 

“I was so impressed at how the residents reacted to it and there are so many benefits for the babies and parents.”

WW1 centenary marked with 100 poppies at care home

We Remember sign cover in poppies

100 POPPIES were created by Barnsley care home residents to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Marion Batty, Joan White and Annie Oakley, all living at Deangate Care Home, on Towngate, Mapplewell, created the memorial.

They made poppy wreaths and a canvas of finger-painted poppies surrounding a silhouette of a First World War soldier and the words “We Remember”.

Nicola Smith, activities coordinator at Deangate Care Home, said: “As it has been 100 years since the First World War ended, we thought it would be nice to make a memorial.

“The activity was to remember all the people who fought for us and to talk about what the war meant to our residents.

Teesside care homes hold Halloween celebrations

Staff at Teesside Care Homes in Halloween Costumes

A FRIGHTFUL autumn fayre was held at a Teesside care home to mark Halloween.

Ghouls and ghosts walked the corridors of The Beeches Care Home, in Stockton-on-Tees, as staff dressed for the occasion.

Bats and pumpkin decorations hung from the walls and ceiling and a wide range of Halloween activities were available for residents and visitors.

Apple bobbing, a tombola, tin can alley, slime pit, raffle and a stall selling themed cakes all helped raise over £660.

The money will go into the residents’ fund to pay for Christmas activities and a pantomime for residents.

Mamma Mia 2 has elderly dancing in cinema aisles 

Residents at Mamma Mia 2

A CINEMA turned into a dance hall for elderly care home residents during a dementia friendly screening of hit musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Residents from Waverley Lodge Care Home, in Lemington, leapt out of their seats during one of the film’s climactic hits to strut their stuff in the aisles.

The screening specifically for those with dementia was the first of its kind at the Metrocentre, in Gateshead.

Michelle Park, activities coordinator at Waverley Lodge Care Home, said: “Our residents were dancing in the aisles to Dancing Queen – they absolutely loved it. 

Care home residents get sweet treat for Chocolate Week

Care home residents get sweet treat for Chocolate Week

Residents and staff at Ingleby Care Home got stuck into some homemade sweet treats to celebrate National Chocolate Week.

Residents rolled up their sleeves to make chocolate covered rice crispy cakes and fruit and marshmallow kebabs, which they enjoyed dipping into a chocolate fountain.

Margaret Salmon, a resident at the home based in Stockon-on-Tees, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed myself eating the chocolate coated kebabs – I had four helpings so I was feeling a bit guilty. But, then I thought chocolate or not, the kebabs are mostly fruit so they must be just a little bit good for me.”

Community allotment sends care home residents to Beamish

Irene at Beamish

Time travelling care home residents have taken a journey through the history of the North East – all thanks to a generous allotment project. Residents living at Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool, were treated to trip to Beamish Museum by the Waverley Terrace Community Allotment.

The Hartlepool Borough Council backed project gave two residents the opportunity to visit the popular tourist attraction, in Beamish, County Durham.

Irene Kimber and Mavis Wise have been lending their support at the allotment and were given tickets as a thank you.