A beautiful photograph of two residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Upton-upon-Severn has won pride of place on a national calendar.
The joyous picture of Beechwood Residential Care Home residents Peggy Gowrie and Patricia Datson, which shows them laughing uncontrollably while enjoying afternoon tea at the home, was entered into Community Care’s third ‘Inspiring Images of Social Care’ contest, to find 12 images to feature on the 2016 calendar.
Wowing the judges the image, which celebrates the importance of friendship and laughter, has won a place on the calendar.
5,000 copies of the calendar will be distributed to professionals in the care industry with the image, taken by professional photographer Ed Maynard, taking pride of place for September.
One of the judges who was extremely impressed with the photo of 95-year-old Peggy and 85-year-old Patricia was Adi Cooper, Adult Safeguarding Lead at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, who said: “I voted for Sanctuary Care’s picture of Peggy and Patricia because this is such a positive image of older women enjoying life.”
Patricia’s sister Maureen Jennings, who lives near Pershore said: “I think it is such a lovely photograph and have showed the family.”
Meanwhile Peggy’s daughter Jean Engley, who lives near Birmingham, added: “I think it is a beautiful photograph – she will certainly have her five minutes of fame!”
Patricia has lived at Beechwood since 2010, with Peggy joining her in 2011.
The home’s manager Carole Hall added: “The picture of Peggy and Pat captures the essence of joy. It is one of those photos that touches your heart and we are so proud of our calendar girls.”