Sandwood's Summer Fair Shores Up Funds
Residents, staff, volunteers and friends from around the community came together to enjoy the Sandwood Care Home summer fair.
The summer fair had a seaside theme, and the day started with a reminiscence session led by All Around the Shire. Residents were able to recall their trips to the beach, favourite seaside destinations and, of course, the unpredictable British weather! Guests then engaged in a singalong to classic holiday tunes, including I do like to be beside the seaside, followed by a fish ’n’ chips lunch.
The afternoon saw visits to the many stalls set up, including guess the sweets in the jar, a cake stall, henna tattoos, a raffle, a tombola, and a special station where people could purchase art and crafts handmade by the residents. The event raised a total of £323.40, which will be put towards activities for the residents based on their suggestions.
“There was a great turn out and it was really lovely to see the community and families come together to support our home. Some of our residents helped run the stalls supported by members of the team. This gave them a sense of ownership and they are still talking about what a success it was.”Emma Cass, Activity Coordinator at Sandwood
Resident Michael Baker, who ran the hook-a-duck stall, said, “Everyone was so excitable and well mannered. It was very thoughtful of everyone to give their time and we raised an amazing amount of money.”
The event rounded off with a cup of tea, a piece of cake and entertainment provided by singer Emma Kelsey, which even prompted some the residents to get up and dance.
Joanna Austin is the newly-appointed managed of the care home, and was given her first chance to experience the importance that Abbeyfield places on the local community and neighbourhood connections.
She said, “It is vitally important to keep the residents connected with the community and I am confident that, working together, we can achieve much more. We are so very grateful for all the donations and support we have received.”
Emma added, “Feedback has been so positive and we are already making plans for our Christmas fair!”
Activities such as the seasonal fairs are a welcome feature for Sandwood residents, some of whom are living with dementia. They are provided with a safe and secure home, specialist person-centred care and a nurturing environment to encourage companionship and the pursuit of hobbies and interests through stimulating activities. The home is rooted in community values, with links to local entertainment groups, businesses and amenities that serve to enhance the residents’ quality of life.
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