Oaks Care Home

Care home cook Yvonne raises awareness of cervical cancer

The Oaks Care Home resident Pat Whyatt and cook Yvonne Gibson.

The Oaks Care Home cook has been sharing her experience of cervical cancer as part of a national awareness raising week.

Yvonne Gibson, who works at The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, Northumberland, was diagnosed with Stage 4 cervical cancer five months ago.

Despite being on long-term sick leave, she decided to visit work to talk to the staff about the importance of going for cervical screening.

Her talk coincided with Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2019, promoted by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to educate others on reducing their risk of the disease.

Hawaiian cocktail party hosted by Blyth elderly

Cocktail party, Hawaii

A TASTE of Hawaii came to a Northumberland care home as residents threw a themed cocktail party.

Inflatable palm trees and exotic animal decorations were put up, Hawaiian flowery lei were donned and classic music was played.

The cocktail making kit was brought out and dry January was forgotten as The Oaks Care Home’s “After 6 Club” got into the spirit.

The residents’ club decides on each evening’s activity, usually turning the TV off and the music on – with 50s and 60s songs being their favourites.

On this occasion, they wanted to learn how to make classic cocktails, such as Black Nail and OId Maple, as well as mocktails, for those wanting an alcohol-free drink.