Residents and their families at The Knoll Care Home in Tuffley, were able to browse handmade local crafts, make-up, clothes and jewellery in the first of a programme of events organised by the home’s staff.
Traders were invited in to the home to showcase their goods at the busy bazaar which saw special guest, The Reverend Janet Faull from nearby St Barnabas Church, officially opening the event and switching on the home’s Christmas lights.
The bazaar, which saw over 50 visitors, was the work of activities coordinator Debbie Davis, with support from care manager Gener Tayhopon. It signalled the start of the Christmas programme which will also include a carol service and a festive party.
Debbie said: “It’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at The Knoll.
“The bazaar was a huge success, both for the traders who got to showcase and sell some excellent, local goods but also for our residents who had the chance to buy some superb presents for friends and family from the comfort of the home.
“The shopping event raised £500.00 with all proceeds going to the Residents Comfort Funds which will be used for future activities and trips out for the residents.
“I’d also like to thank Reverend Faull for doing the honours with our Christmas lights and for spending so much time with us. Everyone loved having her here and she helped get Christmas off to a great start. We’re all looking forward to a fantastic festive season.”
As part of their Christmas activities the care home has also linked up with youth organisation, Young Gloucestershire, which is sending volunteers twice a week throughout December to spend time with the residents – activities which include making Christmas cards and decorations.
Debbie added: “We really appreciate our link-up with Young Gloucestershire. The young people who come in to see us are a credit to their group and it makes a huge difference for residents.”
The Knoll, which is part of the privately-owned Redwood Healthcare Group, is set within 15 acres of grounds with views over Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. It is registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide accommodation for 34 older people needing personal care.
It has recently received a compliant inspection rating from both the Care Quality Commission and Gloucester Quality Assurance Team.