Hallmark care homes across England and South Wales have held a tree planting ceremony to mark this poignant moment in history and symbolise unity amongst care home residents and team.
The ornamental pear tree, which was chosen because it is signifies persistence and perseverance as it is the first to come into leaf in spring and the last to lose its leaves in winter was planted at 19 care homes recently as part of the care group’s ‘Moment in Time’ celebrations.
Residents social distanced in the garden and café to witness the planting of the trees which seek to represent the shared experiences between the homes, residents and team.
As well as planting a tree, the residential, nursing and dementia homes celebrated by burying time capsules, creating bottle lanterns, releasing butterflies and hosting outdoor entertainment and exercise sessions.
Head of Relationship Centred Care at Hallmark Care Homes, April Dobson said: “There are many moments in time that hold significance for each of us throughout our lives. Over the last few months, we have shared some difficult and some good times, and the event brings us together across Hallmark to remember and reflect. The trees we are planting mark this moment in time and are a symbol of hope for the future.”
General Manager at Anisha Grange Care Home, Daniel Rowark said: “The event was both a celebration and a reflection of the journey we have been on together as a home these past few months.
“We have become a closer team and a closer family because of the challenges we have faced. This Moment in Time symbolises the unity and solidarity between all the homes, residents and team during this pandemic and will be a symbolic reminder for many years to come.”
Going the Distance – Residents & Staff of Castle View Windsor Complete a Virtual Marathon
‘Let’s get fit and raise money for the NHS’ was the suggestion, at which point the community of the Castle View retirement village in Windsor took to their feet and completed a virtual Marathon together (26.2 miles / 42.2km).
Running or walking around one of two routes, they had the option of using the outside of the building from the reception and around the back of the building – this route was 0.17km and took an average of 4 minutes to complete (248 laps required), or around The Sky deck which gave a route of 0.11km in an average time of 3 minutes (383 laps), all measured accurately on a pedometer.
A combination of the two routes totalling 26.2 miles took just six days to finish and involved residents and staff, as well as Benjy the village manager’s dog who was an extremely enthusiastic participant.
“It was a lot of fun during lockdown,” said Lisa Fisher, village manager of Castle View. “It was a valiant effort enthusiastically embraced by everyone, including those who weren’t perhaps quite so strong on their feet but used their strollers to help them round.”
£970 has so far been raised for NHS charities through a Just Giving Page – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/castle-view-retirement-village-ltd which is still open for anyone who would like to support the cause.
In fact, so successful was the fundraising event, that the residents are now embarking on an extension – from Land’s End to John O’Groats