Coppice Lodge care home in Arnold have hosted a fun day to raise money for Cancer Research UK, in association with the Cancer Research shop on Front Street. The staff went all out to provide a memorable day for their residents and guests, with various stalls, raffles, cakes, face painting and pamper sessions on offer. The celebrations were opened by the Scottish Seaforth Highlanders Association (Notts Branch), who played their pipes and drums outside the home, much to the joy of everyone who heard them.
It was a particularly emotional experience for one resident, Doreen Dick, whose son, Ian Dick, plays drums for the Scottish band. Doreen had never had the opportunity to see her son play, and as soon as she realised he was part of the ensemble at Coppice Lodge, she was absolutely bowled over. She said, “I could hear the band and I thought, ‘is that my son’? Samantha, our Home Manager, took my hand and led me outside and there was my son in his uniform playing in the band. I just could not believe it, I have always wanted to see him in his band and now I have. I have got some lovely photographs for a keep sake of the day.”
Home Manager, Samantha Kavanagh, got into the spirit of the day by having her head shaved for this worthy cause. Samantha had grown her hair especially for the occasion and everyone watched as she had it all chopped off. She said, “I was really nervous but I was happy to do it for such a worthy cause. The residents wanted to have a feel of my bald head, and they have all said it suits me so it must look ok! We had a great day and I am so proud that between us all, we have raised nearly £1000 for Cancer Research UK.”
The Mayor of Gedling, Sandra Barnes, was special guest at the fun day as she enjoyed one of her last official engagements before she steps down from her post. The Mayor has built a fine relationship with the residents and staff at Coppice Lodge through many visits and engagements.
Coppice Lodge, which is operated by Ideal Carehomes, provides residential and dementia care for 64 local older people. Through a varied programme of activities and trips, highly nutritious food and inspirational spaces, the home provides residents with person-centred care, creating aspirational lifestyle choices.