The Thornaby home welcomed more than a dozen young adults from the Middlesbrough FC National Citizenship Scheme, as they dropped by to entertain the elderly residents.
The group spent the day keeping home’s residents company, playing games, delivering a presentation, performing a comedy sketch and dropping off equipment following a fundraiser.
A sponsored sit in every seat in Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium paid for the equipment, which included a stadium cushion, two lava lamps, a sensory light changing ball, DAB radio, DVD Player, advent calendar, hand and nail care equipment, jigsaws and two sensory cushions.
Sarah Robinson, Activity Coordinator at Mandale House Care Home, said: “Everyone in the care home was overwhelmed by the amount of gifts given to our residents, all of which will be used day-to-day.
“Sensory equipment brings a huge amount of comfort to our residents who live with dementia and will help improve their lives. We are all incredibly grateful. It is a wonderful gift and with Christmas just around the corner.”
She added: “Not only did the young adults of the Middlesbrough FC National Citizen Scheme run a fundraiser and donate such an amazing array of gifts, but they spent the day playing dominoes, skittles and puzzles with our residents too.
“They also carried out a short comedy sketch and ended it with a sing-along involving our residents – we had one of our ladies wiping away tears she thought it was so lovely.
“The impact a scheme like this has on the daily lives of elderly people is incredible.”