Hope House Care Home residents in Clayton-le-Moors near Accrington enjoy their Christmas light display in the home's garden.

Clayton-le-Moors Care Home Worker Walks for Winter Wonderland

During December, residents at Clayton-le-Moors Care Home, Hope House, were treated to a beautiful festive light display in their garden thanks to the fundraising efforts of a kind member of staff.

For many, one of the best things about the festive period is seeing lots of beautiful Christmas lights and displays. The Hope House residents very much look forward to their annual trips to local garden centres to take in their festivities. Unfortunately this year, due to coronavirus restrictions, our residents weren’t able to do this.

Determined to ensure her residents could continue to enjoy their tradition in some way, Jade Wheatcroft, Hope House’s deputy manager, took on the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks Challenge. Jade set out to raise enough money for the residents’ fund to create the home’s own winter wonderland in the gardens surrounding the home. After setting out in the pouring rain, Jade completed the challenge, which takes 10 – 12 hours on average, in an impressive 9 hours!

The Big Christmas Switch-On

Not only did Jade smash the challenge, she smashed her fundraising target expectations with an amazing £630 in total. Kind-hearted relatives, team members, local businesses and supporters were all extremely generous. The funds raised enabled the home to create a beautiful display of Christmas lights in the garden. The display featured snowflake projectors, laser lights, 3D light-up reindeers and more! The home was even able to hire a singer for a residents-only light switch-on evening. After the big switch-on, everyone enjoyed a fantastic, outdoor, socially distanced performance of Christmas party classics.

Wrapped up in coats and blankets with warm drinks on hand, some of our braver residents ventured out onto the patio to enjoy the evening. While others watched on through windows from the warmth of inside. Everyone had a lovely time, with plenty of singing along and dancing as Christmas officially arrived at Hope House!

A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored Jade and also to Jade herself for making this dream come true!

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