Care home residents take part in county-wide sports day
PUBLISHED: 13:36 28 July 2018
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Residents from a Lowestoft care home took part in a county-wide sports day.
On Tuesday, July 10, Britten Court care home in the town took some of their residents to Mills Meadow in Framlingham as part of the day, competing against residents from ten other Care UK homes in Suffolk in a bid to be crowned the winning home.
The residents took part in a host of events including a sack race, a three-legged race, and an egg and spoon race, with the grand finale being a tug of war.
Teams were also joined by representatives from Suffolk County Council and everyone took part in a fun World Cup-style penalty shootout.
They were then treated to a delicious barbecue prepared by the home’s chefs before the teams took part in an Olympic-style awards ceremony to crown the day’s winner, the award going to Hartismere Place.
Marie Reeve, home manager at Mills Meadow, said: “The Suffolk sports day is always a highlight for residents and care teams alike, and we were delighted to host this fantastic event once again.
“We are fortunate to be part of a strong care home community here in Suffolk, and days like today are a brilliant opportunity to bring everyone together for a day of fun, laughter and to celebrate the year’s achievements.
“This year’s event did not disappoint, it was wonderful to bring everyone together and see the residents and care teams working together and making new friendships.”
Chloe Swarbrick, home manager at Britten Court, added: “The annual sports day is always a highlight for us, as not only is it a fun opportunity to compete in light hearted games with colleagues, but it also provides therapeutic benefits for residents.
“It offers a valuable opportunity to bring older people in the area together, increases social interaction and reduces feelings of loneliness.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the Care UK homes for taking part, and to everyone at Mills Meadow for letting us host the event at their home – we’re already looking forward to next year!”
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