Nottingham care home stages ‘Grand’ Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving at The Grand, pictured with Amber (centre) are Joan Cottingham (left) and Jean Clarke (right)
Thanksgiving at The Grand, pictured with Amber (centre) are Joan Cottingham (left) and Jean Clarke (right)

Staff and residents at a Nottingham care home have enjoyed a rather grand Thanksgiving celebration.


Inspired by their American colleague and their own fond memories of travelling in the USA, the employees, residents and relatives at The Grand Care Centre in West Bridgford came together to give thanks and enjoy some quality time over a traditional turkey sandwich and slice of pumpkin pie.


Opened earlier this year, the state-of-the-art 82 bed care facility on Greythorn Drive is operated by New Care Projects and is already nearing full capacity.  Residents and their families have been attracted by the company’s ethos of top quality, professional, person-centred care in an expertly designed, purpose-built comfortable environment.


The Thanksgiving celebration perfectly illustrates the New Care’s focus on enablement; facilitating an environment where the residents remain as independent as possible for as long as possible, continuing with many of the passions and pastimes that they enjoyed before going into care.


Amber Strike, activities assistant at The Grand, is originally from Las Vegas in the USA.  She was more than happy to organise the celebration and commented:  “Thanksgiving is perhaps our most important festival back home, a time to get together with family and be grateful for each other and everything that we have. It’s a very special time and something that we all miss, so it was a joy to introduce it to our fellow residents and co-workers here in the UK.”


Group reservations manager at The Grand, Dawn Collett, added:  “Observing the different cultures and backgrounds of our residents is extremely important to us at The Grand.  We are happy to encourage and support any festivals and special celebrations to ensure that our residents continue to feel fulfilled and enjoy quality of life.”


Pictured with Amber are residents Jean Clarke and Joan Cottingham.  Joan commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed today’s Thanksgiving celebration.  It was wonderful to be able to mark the occasion and it brought back a great many happy memories of times that I spent travelling in the States in days gone by.”


The Grand offers residential and nursing care, providing additional support and services to the local health economy.  It provides specialist dementia care with a dedicated dementia floor within the home.  Respite care is also available.  For further information on The Grand, please call Dawn Collett on 0115 828 4099 or visit




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