Every year in the run-up to Christmas, Leigh-on-Sea plays host to a festive parade. On Friday 29th November, a cast of local groups, entertainers and brightly lit floats headed through the streets of the town spreading the magic of Christmas. Snow machines created a wintry scene, while local people enjoyed street food and warming drinks before the town’s Christmas lights were officially switched on.

Each year, the route of the Christmas parade passes Rose Martha Court. So this year we sent our very own Santa’s helpers to greet passers-by with some festive cheer. Our Activities Coordinator Chris joined residents’ relatives Joyce and Tina in wearing Christmas outfits to host our stall. Selling Christmas ornaments, handmade by residents, as well as hot chocolate, mulled wine, and mince pies, the trio raised £202 for our residents’ fund.

A huge thank you to all who helped us raise this amazing amount of money. It will go towards organising some exciting trips and activities for our residents in the coming months.

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As Christmas decorations start to appear once again, residents at Nayland House Care Home in Colchester are taking a handmade approach to theirs. Arts and crafts are a popular part of our activities programme, and during the festive period, it is the perfect way to help our residents enjoy the build-up to Christmas.

To celebrate the start of Advent, residents have been painting Christmas scenes onto paper plates. The beautifully decorated plates will form part of our Christmas display, which will become the backdrop for the highly anticipated Nayland House Christmas party on 18th December.

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At Hope House Care Home in Clayton-le-Moors, we are able to offer our residents regular trips to explore the local area. During December these trips take on a festive feel, helping our residents get into the Christmas spirit.

We are lucky to have many attractions and businesses close-by that really go to town for their Christmas displays. Recently a group of Hope House residents enjoyed a visit to Birkacre Garden Centre in Chorley. John, his wife Linda, Geoff, Brenda, Jim, and Christina asked if we could take them there to see the now infamous festive displays.

During the visit, they got to pose with Santa’s sleigh and penguins, while Christina treated herself to a lovely necklace and some chocolate cherry liqueurs. To round off their visit, the group enjoyed a delicious lunch in the cafe.

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With the season of goodwill upon us, residents and staff at Hope House Care Home in Clayton-le-Moors are turning their thoughts to those less fortunate this Christmas. A collection point for the local food bank and the Clayton Baptist Church Food Pantry has been set up in the care home.

With one tub filled with food and clothing already, we are aiming to have another one ready to donate before Christmas. The Hope House team and residents are very keen to put something back into the community to help people that are struggling at this time of year.

If you can help too, please pop in to see us at Rishton Road, Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington. We will be more than happy to pass on your donations.

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Avonbridge Care Home's knitting club received two hand-knitted bunnies for their yarn-bombing tree with a hand-written card.

The weekly ‘Knit and Natter’ group at Avonbridge Care Home in Hamilton are pleased to have received some knitted gifts inspired by their latest project. At the start of the autumn, our resident’s knitting group decided to start a ‘yarn-bombing tree.’

Yarn-bombing is a form of street art where displays of colourful wool creations appear in public places. This quickly became a trend after capturing people’s imagination on social media. The Avonbridge yarn-bombing tree is in front of the care home, with a sign encouraging passers-by to add knitted items to it.

Recently, the knitting group received a pair of knitted bunnies along with a lovely card from the person who had made them. The card read; “Hi, I have really enjoyed knitting these two bunnies, Marmaduke and Penelope. I am sure they will be very happy together on your tree.”

The group have decided that the bunnies are just too gorgeous to put outside. So they are keeping them in the warm for a while. Residents are really happy that so many people have joined in with the yarn-bombing tree, and look forward to more woolly items appearing soon!


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Nether Hall Care Home team member Becky Storer, with resident, 89 year-old Arthur Hardwick.

As the season of giving begins, Nether Hall Care Home in Swadlincote has issued an appeal, asking kind-hearted members of the public to add its residents to their Christmas card lists.

The Christmas card appeal has been launched to strengthen the home’s sense of community and relationship with the local area. As part of the campaign, Nether Hall Care Home has asked people to include a short message about their Christmas plans for residents to read and discuss. This will help them to reminisce about the festive celebrations they have enjoyed over the years.

Arthur 89, resident at Nether Hall care home, said: “I’m really looking forward to receiving the cards and I’m particularly eager to hear about everyone’s plans. Everyone has their own traditions at Christmas, and it will be great to hear about what everyone is getting up to.”

Maxine Fearnehough, Care Home Manager at Nether Hall care home, said: “Christmas is always a fun time here at Nether Hall. The home is always full of residents’ friends and families as well as having lots of lovely decoration.

“We are all looking forward to receiving cards from our local community and can’t wait to display them around the home.”

You can send Christmas cards to:

The Residents, Netherhall Care Home, Netherhall Road, Hartshorne, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 7AA

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Having a photo taken in Santa’s Sleigh has become a Christmas tradition for the children that walk past Appleby Care Home on their way to school in North Shields. Every December the sleigh appears outside of the front of the home alongside giant reindeers, Christmas trees, and an inflatable Santa.

The Appleby elves have also been hard at work turning the summer house into a magical grotto. In the grotto, Santa’s helpers can be seen busily wrapping presents next to a full-sized fireplace. Children from the local school and their families are invited to visit Santa in his Appleby grotto on Monday 16th of December. A second visit will take place during the residents’ Christmas party on Saturday 21st December.

These annual events help to keep our residents connected with the local community. But more than that, seeing the children full of the excitement of Christmas brings joy to everyone at Appleby.

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In what has become a busy awards season for Mundy House Care Home in Basildon, the team have celebrated another nomination at the ‘Prospers Essex Care Sector Awards 2019.’ The award ceremony is held at Chelmsford Racecourse every November and recognises outstanding contributions to care in the county of Essex.

Representing Mundy House at the gala evening were Larchwood Care Regional Manager Paula Madams, Care Home Manager Josie George, Care Assistants Julie Hudson and Elena Slavova, and Kitchen Assistant Maxine Patterson. The team were presented with a ‘Commended Award’ in the ‘Prosper Home of the Year’ category.

This category recognises the methodology of the PROSPER Project. Using data analysis for improvement, implementing a programme of proactive interventions and continuously revisiting their aims and driver diagrams to focus the home’s efforts in the prevention of falls, pressure ulcers and UTI’s.

The Prospers are organised by Essex County Council, and this is the fourth consecutive year that Mundy House has received an award or commendation from its judges.

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On Friday 22nd November 2019, team members from Bryan Wood Care Home in Huddersfield attended a glittering night at The National Railway Museum in York to honour the best in the Care Sector in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Set on a platform amongst the grand Royal carriages of the museum’s exhibition hall, The Great Yorkshire and Humberside Care Awards celebrated excellence in care in 27 categories. Michaela Elwell, Bryan Wood’s Activities Coordinator, received a finalist’s place for the ‘Care Home Activity Organiser Award.’

Jenny Hanson, Care Home Manager at Bryan Wood, said; “Words cannot express how proud I am of what Michaela has achieved in such a short space of time at Bryan Wood. To be nominated for these awards is a testament to the great work she has done in the six months she has been a member of the team. Well done Michaela!”

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It was a glamorous night of recognition for the team from Laureate Court Care Home in Rotherham, as they celebrated a nomination at the Great Yorkshire and Humberside Care Awards. Set amongst twinkling lights and grand Royal carriages on the platform at The National Railway Museum in York, the gala evening looked like a scene from the Harry Potter movies.

The regional awards celebrate the best in Care Homes and Home Care across 27 different categories. Maggie Jukes, Housekeeper at Laureate Court received a finalist’s place in ‘The Ancillary Worker Award’ category.

Jill Kilgallen, Registered Care Home Manager at Laureate Court, said; “Maggie has worked at Laureate Court for over 20 years and has played an active role. Maggie started in the laundry, working her way up to housekeeper. Maggie is also our Infection Control Lead, ensuring the safety of our residents. Maggie also helps our residents with meaningful activities such as folding tea towels, pairing socks, and dusting.”

“For Maggie to be a finalist at The Great Yorkshire and Humberside Care Awards is a fantastic achievement. Her commitment and loyalty to Laureate Court is commendable. Well done Maggie! We are so proud of you.”

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