It was anything but a ‘Blue Christmas’ for our residents when they were treated to a visit by Elvis and his Elves.
Local entertainer, James McGrath, brought the King’s festive magic to Barrowhill Hall for our Christmas fair on Saturday 7th December, allowing residents to reminisce about the hits of bygone days.
He was supported by our suitably dressed activities team.
“Elves have been a theme for us this month,” said Becky Buckley, Activities Manager at the 74 bedroomed dementia care and nursing home.
“We extended ‘Elf Day’ in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society to run for longer so we could raise more money, and elves seemed the perfect accompaniment to Elve-is!”
We welcomed families who came to spend time with their loved ones. Resident Ian Sutton’s six grandchildren came to see him and enjoy the fun.
Santa welcomed children into his grotto to hear their wishes for Christmas. Four year old Bobby Scott from Uttoxeter was thrilled to meet him and receive a present.
The children also got to meet the ‘Pets as Therapy’ dogs who visit once a month and bring calming contact and quiet affection to those living with dementia and memory loss.
“It was a fantastic afternoon,” said Becky. “Bobby’s family decided to come along – they don’t have a loved one living here but they’d seen our posters locally.
“They said what a lovely afternoon they had and thought it was a wonderful event for our residents.”
The Christmas fair also included entertainment from the ‘Something Else’ choir.
There were gift stalls from local businesses including Paula’s Petals from Rocester. The tombola stall raised £80 towards activities for residents to enjoy.
“We love it when families come in and have fun with us, whether they have a relative here or not” said home manager, Matthew Whitfield.
“My little boy is nearly two and he loves the music and the decorations.
“We couldn’t quite manage three kings this Christmas but the one we did have was all we needed!”