The ‘Felixstowe Finds’ Facebook group was set up by local Teaching Assistant Kelly Taylor, and encourages families to paint pebbles found on the beach and hide them for others to find. Participants are asked to re-hide the treasures they find, which are hidden along the length of Felixstowe’s promenade and within the seafront gardens.
Since launching the idea at the end of July, over 8000 people have joined the group and the three care homes belonging to the Healthcare Homes Group decided to get their residents involved.
Residents at Foxgrove and Maynell House on High Road East and Mill Lane nursing home on Mill Lane, have been painting stones as part of their activities programme and have enjoyed outings to the beach to hide them and to look for others.
Resident of Foxgrove, 87-year-old Stella recently took part in the fun and the home shared her photograph in the Felixstowe Finds group. A wonderful response was received from the other participants who were delighted to see members of the community of all ages getting involved.
Deputy Manager of Foxgrove care home Rebecca Bewley said: “Felixstowe Finds is such a lovely idea to bring to their town and as soon as we heard about it we were keen to include our residents.
“What started as something for young children has quickly spread to families young and old, and it has been a wonderful way for us to get creative in the home and to create some new activities to enjoy on our regular outings.”
The activities teams at all three homes plan to continue painting stones throughout the year and incorporating this in their outings. The idea has also been shared with colleagues at Handford House in Ipswich, Claremont House & Lodge in Caister on Sea, The Gables in Gorleston, Oaklands in Reydon near Southwold and Aldringham Court in Aldringham, near Aldeburgh