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Carnival and Olympic-inspired activities at care homes for open day




Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Julia Wakelam at St Peter's House, in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160622-161602001
Mayor of St Edmundsbury Cllr Julia Wakelam at St Peter's House, in Bury St Edmunds ANL-160622-161602001

A ‘wacky Olympics’ and Rio carnival-inspired activities were among the highlights at care homes across West Suffolk as they celebrated a national community initiative.

Care Home Open Day on Friday encouraged homes to open their doors to local communities to build lasting links.

Local singer Sabrina Summer at Care UK's Glastonbury Court for Care Home Open Day ANL-160622-161550001
Local singer Sabrina Summer at Care UK's Glastonbury Court for Care Home Open Day ANL-160622-161550001

St Peter’s House, in Bury St Edmunds, hosted a Rio-themed Wacky Olympics where staff, families and residents competed in games such as an egg and spoon race, space hopper race and a Chinese chicken race using chop sticks to hold a rubber chicken.

Mayor of St Edmundsbury Julia Wakelam lit the Olympic torch made by some of the residents to start proceedings.

There was also a barbecue lunch and Brian Shaw entertained with songs from the 1950s. General manager Naomi Nunn said they are ‘passionate’ to demonstrate what they do as a home and ‘how committed the team are to give outstanding care’.

Care UK’s homes also celebrated the occasion and at Davers Court, in Bury, residents, relatives and visitors enjoyed a 1950s themed party with a barbecue and music from Les Trutch.

The Care UK Davers Court team with (centre) resident Phyllis Rampling and (left from centre) singer Les Trutch, enjoying a 1950s-themed party for Care Home Open Day. ANL-160622-161539001
The Care UK Davers Court team with (centre) resident Phyllis Rampling and (left from centre) singer Les Trutch, enjoying a 1950s-themed party for Care Home Open Day. ANL-160622-161539001

Meanwhile, Glastonbury Court, in Bury; Cedrus House, in Stowmarket and Mildenhall Lodge all held Rio carnival-inspired events.

Activities included entertainment from singer Sabrina Summer and a dance perfromance from Horringer Court Middle School pupils at Glastonbury Court, where residents also enjoyed a Brazilian headdress contest.

Michelle Webster, home manager at Cedrus House, said: “We were delighted to see so many local people.”



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