A Sheffield nursing and care home celebrated the end of the Covid-19 lockdown with a special French-themed open day.
Mickley Hall in Totley threw open its doors to the local community, welcoming locals, friends and family, and also staff from Valorum Care Group which runs the home.
The open day had originally been planned for early July but was delayed when the government pushed back the final easing of lockdown restrictions.
When the event eventually went ahead, staff and residents decided to stick with their original plan which had coincided with Bastille Day on July 14th.
Liz Green, Registered Manager at Mickley Hall said: “Because the open day had originally been planned for Bastille Day we had organised French-themed games and activities. But when the end of lockdown was delayed by two weeks we thought it would still be fun to celebrate all things French on the day!
“The open day went really well and there was a great sense of things returning to normal after the challenges of lockdown. We had some lovely weather and there was a good turnout from all our local friends and relatives. We were also pleased to welcome staff from Valorum Care Group head office.”
Mickley Hall is a wheelchair accessible nursing home which provides nursing and care for up to 39 adults who have a physical disability or neurological condition.
For the French-themed open day, staff and residents worked hard to create a replica model of the Eiffel Tower and there was also a chance to enjoy a game of petanque. A model of a Frenchman was also built for a game which involved feeding wooden croissant into his mouth!
Mickley Hall’s kitchen staff laid on a barbecue, while live musical entertainment was provided by David Straker – aka David the Banjoman – and his band.
Those attending also enjoyed a raffle and competed for a chance to win a bottle of whiskey by seeing who could throw a pound coin closest to it! The prize of a bottle of Jack Daniels was won by long-standing Mickley Hall resident Ray Degrussa.
Liz added: “The day was great fun and was a chance for us to show people round the home and tell them about the wonderful staff we have here and the high-quality services we offer.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has been really hard for everyone and we’ve had to endure many months where residents were not able to see friends or relatives so we could keep everyone safe. During that time, we’ve done all we can to make life as enjoyable as possible for people. The team have gone above and beyond laying on lots of fun activities to keep everyone’s spirits up.
“It was so uplifting to see everyone’s smiling faces at the open day and there was a real sense that hopefully the worst is behind us in terms of covid. Let’s hope we have finally said ‘au revoir’ to the pandemic!”