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Mayors, Choirs and Schools Across Surrey Join Together For Christmas Light Switch On at 13 Signature Care Homes

Care home residents across Surrey have welcomed members of their local communities as their homes were illuminated with Christmas lights, decorations and played host to a range of festivities.

Thursday 1st December marked a unique occasion where Christmas lights were switched on concurrently at 13 of Signature’s care homes in Surrey, with each home marking their celebrations in their own distinctive manner.

Not one, but two Mayors were on hand to mark Signature at Banstead and Signature at Guildford’s Christmas celebrations.

Cllr Frank Kelly, Mayor of Reigate and Banstead, officiated Banstead’s switch on. While Cllr Dennis Booth, Mayor of Guildford, served as the care home’s guest of honour and was on hand to turn the care home’s Christmas lights on.

Bramshill Beaver Group

Signature at Camberley’s celebrations saw them welcome Bramshill Beaver Group who helped residents by decorating Christmas crackers.

Signature at Moorlands Lodge, in Hindhead, counted on the experience of resident Pamela Bleach, who was celebrating her 92nd birthday, and was on hand to switch on the home’s Christmas lights.

Signature at Parklands Manor, in Chertsey, enjoyed an array of Christmas carols before the big lights switch on.

Signature at Rosebery Manor, in Epsom was packed to the rafters as it welcomed the Sing Choir, a 30-piece choir that hosted a carol concert at the home.

Pamela Bleach

Signature at Bagshot, Coombe Hill Manor, Esher, Pembroke House, Purley, Reigate Grange and Virginia Water’s lights were also turned on to the sound of Christmas carols, with mulled wine flowing and a tasty selection of homemade minced pies.

Commenting on the celebrations at Signature at Moorlands Lodge, birthday girl Pamela Bleach, said: “It was lovely to celebrate my birthday and to bring in at Christmas at Moorlands at the same time! Seeing everybody in such good spirits made the day particularly special.”

Celebrations at all 36 Signature care homes across London and the south east proved particularly poignant as it marked the first anniversary of the operator’s new, enlarged family of care homes.

It came following the integration of 20 former Sunrise and Gracewell care homes into the newly formed Signature Senior Lifestyle brand in December 2021.

Moorlands Lodge

Commenting on Signature Senior Lifestyle’s first anniversary, Kay Cox, Chief Operating Officer at Signature Senior Lifestyle said:
“Just as families and loved ones come together over the Christmas period, we felt it was a wonderful opportunity for our family of care homes to unite at Christmas.

“Over the last 12 months, we have welcomed wonderful new residents and talented team members to our homes. Whilst each home has its own community, we have a shared bond that spreads across more than 2,000 residents and 3,500 colleagues.

“The light switch on is also an important opportunity to reflect on cherished residents whom we have sadly lost throughout the year and to pay a special tribute to them.”


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