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Young and old at Risby Winter Wonderland




Residents and staff members
Residents and staff members

Old and young came together this week to enjoy the festive delights of a three-day winter wonderland spectacular.

The annual event took place within the grounds of Risby Park and Risby Hall Nursing Homes, with school children, staff, family members and the wider community invited to join in.

Mr and Mrs Claus with Elf resident David Hammond, and Children Connie Fitton and Phoebe John
Mr and Mrs Claus with Elf resident David Hammond, and Children Connie Fitton and Phoebe John

Tania Sibbald, manager of Risby Park, said this year’s wonderland was the biggest and best one yet and had managed to involve all the residents from both homes.

She said: “It’s just such a monumental event. We look forward to it every year.

“We all know how much hard work it’s going to be but my God it’s worth it. Their faces say it all!”

Organised by the Partnership in Care, which also arranged visits for residents from its other four Suffolk-based care homes, the festivities included a snow globe, ice rink, carousel, Santa’s grotto, live animals, wheelchair swing and staff in festive costumes.

On the ice rink with Patience Leslie, Megan John and Leah Fitton
On the ice rink with Patience Leslie, Megan John and Leah Fitton

Ms Sibbale, who dressed up as an elf for the occasion, said: “The start of December is different for everyone, especially those who have lost spouses, but seeing our most frail, vulnerable residents enjoy an hour or so up there, even in the cold, it just brings back memories for all of them and it’s something they talk about for weeks after.”

Winter Wonderland
Winter Wonderland
Teddy Williams 4 from West Row and Tia McKenzi-Scott aged 6 from Mildenhall on the carousel
Teddy Williams 4 from West Row and Tia McKenzi-Scott aged 6 from Mildenhall on the carousel


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