The teams and residents at Sanctuary Care homes across the country donned fabulous frocks and baked mouth-watering cakes for this week’s Time for a Cuppa tea parties.
From Alice in Wonderland-inspired events to vintage affairs, everyone was dressed to impress when the homes opened their doors to invite people from the local communities along to raise money for Dementia UK.
At Park View Residential Care Home in Sheffield there were beehives and plenty of back combing ahead of a rock and roll-inspired event.
The home’s activities leader Deborah Byrne said: “Our residents, the team and visitors to Park View had an absolutely brilliant day - we had a fantastic time and everybody looked the part in their rock and roll outfits. We had big hair, big skirts, neckerchiefs and polka dots galore. Our residents had an absolute ball and loved dancing and singing along to the music.”
In Oxfordshire, the team and residents at Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home raised a cuppa with favourite furry friends at their teddy bear’s picnic. Armed with their bears, the community joined in with the fundraising fun and games, including a best named teddy bear competition.
The home’s activities leader Hollie Pain said: “Our residents loved welcoming new people from our local community in the home and Dementia UK is a charity which is so close to all our hearts here.”
Meanwhile at Lake View Residential Care Home in Telford everyone enjoyed a tea and jive themed party, where the team and residents sported their finest 1940s and 1950s attire.
At Haven Residential Care Home in Middlesex, there was a hat extravaganza. From delicate fascinators to traditional top hats, everyone made sure they looked the part for the themed celebrations.
While rubbing shoulders with the hat enthusiasts, people from the local community also had a walk down memory lane with local entertainers Tea and Memories.
The team and residents at Ashley House Residential Care Home in Bordon were dressed as well-known Lewis Carroll characters, including Alice in Wonderland and her make-believe friends, the Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts.
There was also face painting and toe-tapping musical entertainment from Dream World Productions.
Time for a Cuppa is Dementia UK’s annual fundraising event; a national day which brings people together over a cuppa to raise money for the provision of Admiral Nurses, specialist dementia nurses who provide care, advice and support to the loved ones of people living with dementia.
Amy Cudmore, Community Fundraiser at Dementia UK said: “There are currently 140 Admiral Nurses in the UK to support families living with the effects of dementia, which simply isn’t enough. Dementia UK is striving to increase the number of Admiral Nurses by 50 per cent, by the end of 2016, to support the growing number of families affected by dementia.”