A Sanctuary Care home in Yarnton has been enjoying notes from across the globe as part of a postcard campaign.
The team and residents at Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home are receiving postcards from holidaymakers and day trippers from across the country and further afield.
From seaside towns to sunny Europe
From English popular seaside spots to France and Armenia, holiday memories from strangers are being shared with residents to enjoy, which is proving to be a thought-provoking activity.
Inspired by another care home, the Rutten Lane care home, which provides residential dementia care, residential care and nursing care, are still calling for people to spare a minute on their travels to think of them and send a postcard.
All postcards that are received are being read to every resident as part of a reminiscence activity, and then attached to a map which is displayed in the heart of the home.
Bringing back wonderful memories
Proving to be extremely thought-provoking, residents have been busy sharing their own memories. One postcard noted that they enjoyed mussels, with a resident explaining he too used to eat mussels and chips with his family.
Trevor Ballinger from the Sanctuary Care home’s team (pictured) said: “With every postcard that arrives, the team are hearing new and wonderful memories from our residents, it is such a joy to listen to. We all end up smiling from ear to ear.”
93-year-old resident Eileen Looker (pictured) added: “The postcards are just lovely. They remind me of many happy memories from when I went on holiday with my own son Michael and my dear late husband.”
Fellow resident Millie Surman, 89 (pictured) said: “It is really enjoyable to see where the most popular holiday destinations are.”
Spare a minute on your travels
Trevor continued: “It sounds a small thing to do but for our residents it’s a very big deal and they are bringing such happiness. They love the thought of families, who are often hundreds of miles away, have taken time out of their lovely holiday to think of them in Yarnton. It really is a wonderful thing and we hope people do still continue to send postcards to us even though the summer is over.”
The address for those wishing to send residents a postcard is as follows: Yarnton Residential and Nursing Home, Rutten Lane, Yarnton OX5 1LW.