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Home helps to combat loneliness at Christmas
Home helps to combat loneliness at Christmas
PATCHAM Care Home in Brighton is helping to combat loneliness this festive season by donating gift boxes for people living alone. 
The staff, residents and families at the home have collected 20 gift boxes filled with toiletries, gloves and treats including mince pies.  
Home manager Patricia Hurst said: 'It's really important to everyone at our home that we are part of the community and supporting local causes such as these. 
'Living alone at any time of year can be lonely, but especially at Christmas, and we wanted to do everything we could to bring a smile to people's faces on Christmas day.' 
Half of the gift boxes will be given to Age UK Brighton & Hove and the other 10 will be given to Martlets hospice in Hove.

Christmas joy arrives early at care home
Christmas joy arrives early at care home
CHESTER based volunteer group Handmade for Dementia group brought festive joy to Malpas care and nursing home, Prospect House, as it presented 30 activity/sensory blankets to the residents.  
Donated and hand sewn by Angie Harding, who is a close family friend of one of the residents and part of the group, the blankets are also known as fiddle mats and can have a positive effect on the moods of those with dementia. 
Sharon Dodds, registered manager at Prospect House, said: 'Residents were delighted to have benefitted from an early Christmas present.  
"We are very grateful to Angie's and the Group's hard work and generosity. It is a true pleasure to see our residents interacting and enjoying the mats.'

Residents asked to give the gift of friendship
Residents asked to give the gift of friendship
RESIDENTS at Uvedale Hall care home in Needham Market are encouraging members of the community to give the gift of friendship this Christmas. 
The home, which provides residential care for up to 29 people, is asking local people to consider volunteering their time by becoming buddies for residents.  
Volunteers are invited to come and spend time with residents, reading to them, playing games or simply popping in for a chat. 
Staff at the home would also benefit from helpers on the many trips arranged throughout the year, for their programme of events and also in driving the home's minibus.

Green Christmas cheer at Middleton Hall's wreath-making workshop
Green Christmas cheer at Middleton Hall's wreath-making workshop
GARDEN waste from Middleton Hall's grounds has been put to festive use by eco-minded staff, residents and their families. 
A wide range of sustainably gathered plant material from the Hall's 40 acres of gardens and woodland was used to create more than 20 Christmas wreaths. 
Families and residents from across Middleton Hall Retirement Village made the traditional decorations at a seasonal wreath-making craft session led by the Hall's grounds staff. 
The wreaths will now add a festive feel to doorways and corridors as Christmas celebrations take hold of the retirement village at Middleton St George near Darlington. 
Everybody enjoyed mulled wine and home-made mince pies as they worked which were provided by Middleton Hall's Orangery restaurant.

Home unveils glitzy Christmas garden
Home unveils glitzy Christmas garden
AN Outstanding Oxfordshire care home, Rosebank, has brought a sparkle to Bampton High Street with the installation of a dedicated Christmas garden.  
The garden, which can be seen by passers-by in Bampton, features a pair of large, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, four frolicking reindeer and an abundance of icicle lights.  
The theme, 'White Christmas' was chosen by the residents. 
In the run up to Christmas residents have had the opportunity to turn their hand to carol singing, hand bell ringing, craft making and festive baking, as well as enjoying visits from a variety of Christmas entertainers.

Staff discover their inner elves
Staff discover their inner elves
RESIDENTS and staff at RMBI Care Co. Homes have celebrated Elf Day to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer's Society. 
Staff dressed up in elf costumes for a day of festive fun, organising cosy Christmas movie showings with hot chocolate, seasonal quizzes and reminiscence sessions with memorabilia. 
Among the homes taking part in Elf Day was Shannon Court in Hindhead.  
Activities coordinator Sam Geddes said: 'We had a lot of fun celebrating National Elf Day. Seeing our staff dressed as elves certainly put a smile on our residents' faces.  
"We see the effects of dementia every day at our Home, so we're passionate about raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer's Society.'

Festive fun at Southport care home
Festive fun at Southport care home
RESIDENTS at MHA Connell Court care home in Southport have been getting into the festive spirit by enjoying some 'Christmassy' activities over the past few weeks. 
Staff at Connell Court have organised a range of festive goings-on for their residents this December, including a pantomime performance of Puss in Boots, biscuit-baking and a chance for residents to show off their creative flair while crafting sock snowmen. 
As well as these activities, staff have arranged for some festive favourites to take place including a visit to the local church's carol service, Christingle-making and a game of Christmas beetle drive, which they hope will remind residents of Christmases celebrated in years gone by.

Care home donates presents
Care home donates presents
THE staff, resident and relatives from Ashlynn Grange care home in Peterborough have filled and wrapped shoe boxes and donated to the Care Zone charity, along with a donation of £100 raised through a recent Christmas fete. 
General manager Christina Hartles added: 'Christmas should be a time of year that makes you feel good, whether you are giving or receiving.  
"The reality for some people is that they wake to very little on Christmas day and the Ashlynn Grange family wanted to live the spirit of Christmas with Care Zone'.

Children sing carols at Canterbury care home
Children sing carols at Canterbury care home
CHILDREN from a nearby primary school brought some Christmas joy to Connors House Residential Care Home in Canterbury, singing some classic carols.  
Residents got into the spirit of Christmas with a special festive visit from the children of St Thomas Catholic Primary School.  
The children visited the residents for an afternoon of Christmas carol singing, where they sang some classic favourites for their audience, who absolutely loved the performance.  
Singing along and joining in, the residents' faces lit up at the children's' wonderful singing, certainly brightening up a grey December afternoon.  
After the performance, the children spent some time talking to the residents and discussing the upcoming festivities.

Ancient grounds transformed into fairy wonderland
Ancient grounds transformed into fairy wonderland
THE ancient grounds of a local care home have been turned into a magical fairy trail complete with miniature fairy doors, fairy houses and bird houses.\r\nThe fairy trail in the grounds of Middleton Hall Care Home in the village of Uphall in West Lothian is decorated with brightly-painted personalised fairy doors, bearing the name of the child, family or organisation that have sponsored the door.\r\nThe home recently hosted an event where visitors were able to enjoy carol singing, visit Christmas markets and pick up a gift from Santa's grotto, as they made their way round the trail. \r\nThe trail has been put together by Jumping Generations, a local community project between Middleton Hall Care Home and two local charities: Smile and Mia's Aim.\r\nThe money raised from the initiative will go towards the Smile Centre, which supports elderly people in the community.\r\n\r\nThe fairy trail will open again at Easter, where the local community will be treated to a fairy Easter egg hunt.

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