Healthcare Homes group, an East Anglian-based residential and homecare provider, has this week announced the winners of an inter-home “In Bloom” floral challenge which invited residents to create floral displays to mark the group’s tenth anniversary, combined with National Dementia Carer’s Day. Out of the group’s 23 homes, Mill Lane Nursing and Retirement Home in Felixstowe, Suffolk, has been crowned the overall winners with an imaginative and poignant design.
After an overwhelming response from staff and residents of its homes located throughout Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, judges announced Mill Lane as ‘first place’ based on their floral display, which truly captured the essence of the challenge which was to marry creative flare with ‘reminiscence’.
Entitled ‘Book of Memories with Afternoon Tea’, the display guides the onlooker through a collection of residents’ memories reflected in poems, pictures and music sheets. In amongst the memories are ‘pages’ of floral displays. The flower arrangements are displayed in vintage teapots and teacups alongside a delicious cake, bringing together the idea of sharing memories over afternoon tea.
The Hillings Residential Home in Eaton Socon near St Neots, Cambridgeshire and Oaklands House in Reydon, Southwold both received ‘Highly Commended’ for their efforts.
Commenting on their win, Emma Beckett, Manager at Mill Lane Home said: “We have very enthusiastic staff and residents here and everyone really took to the challenge and enjoyed working on the design. We came up with the memory-themed creation, which merged flowers with music, verse and afternoon tea. The end result really was pleasing – everyone was so proud of the finished piece so to be recognised as the winner is fantastic. Incidentally, we must be a ‘green fingered’ bunch here, as we also won the Best Care Home entry in the recent Felixstowe in Flower competition!”
Helen Hill, Group Quality Director will present the winners with a certificate and prizes at a presentation ceremony on Friday 9th October at 11am. Helen will be joined by Sue Campbell-Bannerman and Rita Coleman, the Group Activities Coordinators and organisers of the challenge.
The ‘highly commended’ prizes will be awarded to teams at The Hillings and Oaklands House at separate ceremonies – the details of which will be announced soon.
The ‘In Bloom Challenge’ is part of a series of challenges set by the Healthcare Homes Group this year to celebrate its tenth anniversary. One final group-wide challenge will be announced before the end of the year.