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Local Care Home Holds LGBT History Month Celebration

A care home from Grassington near Skipton celebrated LGBT History Month by throwing a rainbow party for residents.

Residents and colleagues at Anchor’s Gills Top care home on Scar Street donned fancy dress and rainbow outfits for the occasion. The care home looked especially festive with a range of decorations including neon lights, colourful balloons, blow up rainbows and flags. The catering team also prepared a buffet lunch for residents with items such as a ‘rainbow salad.’

Residents enjoyed arts and crafts activities and dusted off their dance moves during a disco where they were joined by local entertainer Paul Bryant. The party was part of the care team’s efforts to celebrate the contribution LGBT+ people have made to cinema and film in accordance with this year’s LGBT History Month theme, Behind the Lens.

Margaret Salmon, 80, resident at Anchor’s Gills Top care home, said: “It was fantastic to celebrate LGBT History Month. The party was great, and everyone really enjoyed the entertainment and activities throughout the day.”

Sam Mcloughlin, Deputy Manager at Anchor’s Gills Top care home, said: “At Anchor’s Gills Top care home, we think it’s important to celebrate people for who they are no matter what month it is. Anchor is an inclusive  organisation which provides support throughout the whole year for people in the LGBT+ community who work and live with us.”

To continue the celebrations, on Friday 10 February Anchor’s Gills Top care home hosted children from Wharfedale Montessori School in Bolton Abbey for a celebration during which residents and the children baked, and enjoyed, rainbow cookies together.

Imogen Hardy, Vice Principal at Wharfedale Montessori School, said: “Intergenerational connections are very valuable for the children, so we were excited to visit the residents at Anchor’s Gills Top care home once again and see how they celebrated LGBT History Month.   It is such a pleasure to see the different generations build relationships and the children always look forward to their next visit.”














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