Ashworth Grange care home in Dewsbury brought the seaside to their residents last week in a beach themed summer party. The Mayor of Kirklees, Gwen Lowe, attended with her Consort, Ken Lowe, and the special guests revelled in traditional coastal activities.
Ashworth Grange host an annual summer party for residents and the local community and Lifestyle Manager, Colette Senior, was keen to make this year’s event one to remember. She said, “Reminiscence plays a big part in our activities at Ashworth Grange and residents have fond memories of childhood trips to Scarborough or Blackpool so we thought it would be fun to bring the seaside to Dewsbury!”
To buoy the tropical theme, everyone was provided with a floral garland and guests were greeted by inflatable palm trees and colourful bunting. There were sticks of rock, vibrant cocktails, seaside photo boards, a sand pit and even Crunchie the Shetland Pony made an appearance. The Mayor of Kirklees took a turn on hook-a-duck and donned a sparkling glitter tattoo. She said, “What an enjoyable and fun afternoon at the Ashworth Grange summer party. It is a lovely home and we enjoyed meeting with the caring staff and wonderful residents. The fundraising activities were a ball and Crunchie was absolutely gorgeous – just like a good old-fashioned trip to the seaside!”
Home Manager, Cheryl Green, said, “These events are so important to us all – not only do they reinforce our resident’s links with the community but activities and hobbies are vital for our well being and health. Everyone got involved in the beach theme – we even had Lee, our Caretaker, in the stocks with the Mayor throwing wet sponges at him! It all made for a day to remember for us all.”
A day at the beach isn’t complete without an ice cream and Ashworth Grange made sure that a traditional van visited the home, much to everyone’s delight. Jean Taylor, who has lived at Ashworth Grange for nearly five years, said “We had a lovely day and it was so nice to finish it off with a traditional ‘99’ ice cream from the van. I can’t remember the last time I had one!”