The gardens at Hulcott Nursing home were transformed this week into an Olympic Arena complete with bunting, seating areas and a sizzling BBQ.
The 19th Century house provided the perfect backdrop for staff, residents, relatives and friends to pay tribute to Team GB and the success of London 2012 with a day of Olympic celebrations.
A special guest appearance was made by Reymund Enteria, an Olympic Torch bearer representing Overseas Filipino Workers in the UK. The 30 year-old, who hails from Antipolo City, carried the flame on 22nd July, the last Sunday before the opening ceremony in the Barking and Dagenham Borough of London. He was very generous with his time, allowing everyone to have a hold of the torch and posing for photographs. Mike Gee provided light entertainment and after a fantastic barbeque lunch the ‘Hulcott Olympics’ commenced.
There were many willing competitors for the egg and spoon race, three-legged race and tug of war. The egg and spoon race became more of a find the egg race, with eggs flying across the track and spoons being lost. A winner was eventually declared and presented with Hulcott’s version of a Gold Medal.
The three-legged race did not fare much better; legs were tied together with bandages, ribbon and anything else that competitors could find. As soon as the word “GO” was heard, much to the delight of the on lookers, most of the entrants hit the ground. Luckily there were no injuries and the race made for a great spectacle.
Last but by no means least came the tug of war. The Hulcott staff took on the home visitors and after a fairly one-sided tussle the Hulcott staff were well and truly beaten. The event was a fitting end to the fun-filled day and the Visitors were declared worthy winners.
Hulcott Manager, Marilyn Kimayong told us:
‘Everyone has had a great time today! It is always wonderful when the community comes together to support these events – it is important to our residents that they remain an active part of the wider community.
I would like to thank all of our staff for their hard work in organising the day, everyone who attended including Reymund Enteria, along with all of our suppliers who donated some fantastic raffle prizes.’
Located in the peaceful village of Hulcott itself, the Nursing Home is a 19th century house providing residential and specialist nursing care for up to 38 elderly ladies and gentlemen. The home is run by the family-owned Caring Homes Group, which was founded in 1994 by mother and son team, Helena and Paul Jeffery.