There were checked shirts and buckled boots galore when a Sanctuary Care home in Hersden hosted a Great American Western themed fundraiser.
During Dementia Awareness Week (14-20 May), the team and residents at Meadow View Residential Care Home in Blackthorn Road threw open their doors last weekend to raise money for local dementia charity East Kent Independent Dementia Support (EKIDS).
Raising over £200 for charity
The ‘Home on the Range’ celebration, which raised over £200, was complete with toe-tapping Country and Western music, an all-American pie eating competition, horseshoe throwing, tin can alley, ten-pin bowling and much more.
The team and residents were dressed to impress with Stetsons, checked shirts and traditional neckerchiefs.
Great fun dress up and activities
Resident Eileen Casbolt (pictured), who is 95 years old said “It was a wonderful day with fantastic music, it really made the event and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves.”
95-year-old resident Charles Murray added: “It was a lovely celebration and I really enjoyed wearing a cowboy hat and a neckerchief – it was a lot of fun!”
Bill Draycott, 89, continued: “The pie eating competition was a great laugh – I’d enter next time as I’d be sure to win! The music and dress up was a lot of fun as well!”
Raised awareness in “great western style!”
The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader Katherine Hammond said: “Our community celebration was a great success – the day was filled with fun and games, great outfits and more importantly plenty of cheer and smiles.
“Everyone here at Meadow View wanted to pull at all the stops to raise awareness of dementia while raising money for EKIDS, a cause which is so close to all our hearts – and we did just that in great western style!”
East Kent Impendent Dementia Support, also known as EKIDS, was founded to support people living with dementia as well as their carers and their families, in East Kent.