Residents of Lyncroft Care Home in Wisbech, fifteen in all, took part in this year’s Rose Fair Parade. Many residents at Lyncroft are local to the town and have enjoyed attending Rose Fair for many years. Rose Fair is an annual event in Wisbech, during which the whole town takes on a festive atmosphere, celebrating its horticultural heritage.
Both residents and staff took part in the parade, the home’s theme was the musical Grease, with everyone dressing up as Pink Ladies or T-birds! Some residents were accommodated on the minibus and others were in wheelchairs pushed by staff who gave up their personal time to support the cause. Friends and family of residents and staff also joined in, including local teenager Tasha Willows. Tasha’s Grandmother was a resident at Lyncroft Care Home until April 2015. Tasha has continued to raise money for the resident’s Comfort Fund in her spare time.
Rose Fair began in 1963 when local rose growers sold rose buds in the church gardens to raise funds for the restoration of St Peter and St Paul’s church, which dates back to Norman times. Rose growing is still a specialty of the area and the flower festival continues to raise money to maintain the fabric of the church.
Jan Davison Home Manager at Lyncroft said “Residents were supported and cheered on by families, friends and neighbours who came to watch. People in the crowd were clapping as our residents went past which was quite an emotional moment”.
Residents met The Mayor of Wisbech, Cllr Garry Tibbs who spent time asking questions about Lyncroft Care Home and chatting to some of the residents.
“Our home is still buzzing with the events of Saturday. Although we didn’t win a fun time was had by all” said Jan.