A Sanctuary Care home in Hersden has felt the festive cheer today, with a special visit from local teenagers.
The two-day visit has seen residents roll up their sleeves to create Christingles and festive decorations, including paper chains, ahead of this Christmas time, while reminiscing about fond festive memories.
Proving to be a thought-provoking activity, Annie Winkworth, who is 92 years old, said: “It was wonderful having all the children here, it was great fun and we shared all out Christmas stories. I told them all about the different parties I used to enjoy, my family would go from house to house and there was always a mess afterwards but no one ever minded.”
Fellow resident, Beryl Palmer, 90, added: “I had such a lovely time with the students – it was so enjoyable doing the activities with them.”
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Christina Yorke said: “Our residents love visits from schoolchildren, no matter what their age, and it was so lovely to see them enjoying the festivities together. The students loved being here and our residents had a fabulous time, they enjoyed activities that they once enjoyed with their young families – it brought back some wonderful memories.”
The sessions were led by the teens as part of their assignment task based upon health and social care values in practice.
Teacher Joanne Bellenie said: “Our students have thoroughly enjoyed visiting Meadow View – not only does leading on activity sessions support their educational studies but it’s a great experience for them to go into the community. We all had a wonderful time; it was lovely to feel festive with such a great bunch of residents.”