There was an abundance of freshly dyed red hair, face painting, fancy dress and crimson accessories when the team and residents at a Sanctuary Care homes across the country supported Wear It Beat It.
Lake View Residential Care Home in Brookside Avenue was a sea of red on Friday (5 February) for Wear It Beat It, the British Heart Foundation’s national fundraising and awareness campaign, which encourages people to wear red and have fun with themed events and activities.
The event was in memory of Travis Rogers, the late son of one of the home’s senior carers Ann. Travis passed away in 2011 at the age of five following a life-long battle with a heart condition.
Ann was touched that her colleagues, friends and residents pulled out at the stops to support the British Heart Foundation by raising awareness of the charity plus around £60 in sponsorship.
Activities leader at the home, Clare Herron added: “Everyone made such an effort to ensure we looked the part to support this amazing charity.”
Meanwhile, at Ravenhurst Residential Care Home in Stourport-on-Severn, there were red cocktails, heart-shaped biscuits, crimson cowboy hats and feather boas galore.
Resident Christine Newton, who is 96 years old said: “I really enjoyed decorating the biscuits and we’ve never had a cocktail hour before – it was nice to raise awareness for the British Heart Foundation.”
In Sawston, the team and residents at Orchard House Residential Care Home felt the flour power when they baked delicious cakes together to help raise funds.
The team also dressed in their finest red attire and as well-known characters beginning with the letter R, from fictional names Little Red Riding Hood to Rocky.
Resident Stanley Rainsford said: “Everyone looked wonderful – it was lovely to see and they made a big difference!”
Meanwhile, Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home in Oxfordshire hosted a quiz night for the community enjoy. Selling tickets off for £2 per person, with all proceeds going to the charity, the team asked a string of red-themed questions while people sat back and relaxed over a glass of red wine.
Wear It Beat it is held every year to raise funds and awareness for the British Heart Foundation, paying for life-saving research into heart and coronary disease, which kills 400 people in the UK every single day.