Annual Christmas party at Ashbourne care home was a smash hit


There was a festive feel in the air for staff and residents at an Ashbourne care home at their annual Christmas party.

Ashbourne Lodge, a care home run by Milford Care in Derbyshire, hosted its annual Christmas knees up for residents and relatives on Wednesday (December 20).

Jim Watt, manager at the home, donned a bright green suit covered in mini Santas. He said: “It’s nice to have a Christmas party for the residents and their relatives to enjoy and everyone always has a great time.”

The 50 residents at Ashbourne Lodge had been looking forward to the Christmas themed buffet and they weren’t disappointed with the food which included festive favourites such as mince pies and turkey.

Jerry Dyer aged 84 and his wife Val 83, who have been residents at Ashbourne Lodge for three years were joined by their son Paul aged 56 who said “It is lovely to see my Mum and Dad enjoying the Christmas festivities”.

Residents and their relatives, who wanted to join in with the festivities, were entertained for two hours by a singer. Carer Jordan Ellershaw (18) who has been working at Ashbourne Lodge straight from leaving school said “I have always wanted to go into the healthcare profession, it is really good to know that I make the residents happy, especially at Christmas time”.

Jim said that though the party took a lot of organising it was worth it as it gave residents and relatives something to look forward to, as well as the staff.

He added: “The good food and entertainment created a great atmosphere at the home and put everyone in the Christmas spirit.”


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