Care group showcases festive hat creations competition

A resident shows off her Christmas hat at Barking Hall

The Healthcare Homes Group which operates 45 residential homes and 12 homecare branches in East Anglia and the South, has proudly announced the winners of its Christmas hat competition.

Staff and residents at the homes and homecare branches were challenged to create festive head pieces before sending in photos to judges.  The aim was to encourage residents, clients and staff to get as creative as possible, as part of the annual festivities.

Teams supported residents in working on their creations as part of the varied activities provisions at the homes, and incredible masterpieces were made, using all sorts of craft materials and inspiration.

Two categories were created – the small hat: made by an individual on their own or with a little help, and the group-made giant hat: maybe too big to wear, but where everyone contributed to decorating it!

Entries were judged by senior management team Helen Gidlow, Anthony Beorby and Katherine Foley. On Friday 11th December, winners were announced as follows:

Small hat
1st Place – The Manor House in North Walsham, Norfolk

2nd Place – Barking Hall in Barking, Suffolk
3rd Place – Home Meadow in Swaffham, Norfolk

Giant hat
1st Place – Beaumont Park in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire2nd Place – Foxgrove & Maynell in Felixstowe, Suffolk and The Gables in Gorleston, Norfolk (joint winners)3rd Place – the Norwich branch of Manorcourt HomecareFirst place winners were awarded a gift of their choice up to the value £100, while second and third place winners could select a prize up to the value of £75 and £50 respectively.

Chief Operating Officer of the Healthcare Homes Group and one of the competition judges, Helen Gidlow, said: “What a delight it was to see the photos of these incredible festive creations being made right across our group.

“The creativity and inventive ideas were so impressive and I’d like to congratulate everyone who entered on making such wonderful hats.  I’d also like to thank our fantastic teams at our homes for supporting our residents in this fun activity, which is just a small part of the many activities underway at this special time of the year.  Well done everyone.”

Angela Swift Developments Group (ASDG) has appointed its interior design team for the next three new care homes in Carlisle, Harrogate and St Helen’s.

Together the three developments have a total value of over £30m and will provide residential, dementia and respite care for elderly people.

Construction of the Carlisle care home will start in spring 2021 with completion expected in summer 2022. All bedrooms will be en suite and facilities will include a hairdressing salon, treatment room, library, coffee shop, activity rooms, balconies overlooking adjacent parkland and landscaped gardens.

Subject to planning consent the Harrogate and St Helen’s developments will begin later next year with completion expected in late 2022.

Angela Swift, managing director of ASDG said: “These are much needed state-of-the-art care developments. The pandemic has demonstrated even more the urgent need for facilities such as this, providing fully en suite accommodation for residents to be able to isolate within their own rooms if required, as well as having access to outdoor space.

“When complete we anticipate the homes will create over 250 full and part-time jobs.”

The interior design concept for the Carlisle home has been influenced by nature in the local parkland and the nearby Solway coast, the russet colour of the red sandstone and brick of buildings such as Carlisle Castle and the mills, the character of the Guildhall and the opulence of the Cathedral.

The Gables
A resident shows off her Christmas hat at Barking Hall


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