The Festive sleigh has already been in action this year as Santa and Mrs Claus flew to Green Park Nursing Home in Great Sankey at the weekend for their annual Christmas market, two weeks ahead of the big day itself.
The early Christmas celebration, held within the grounds of the care home and looked forward to by members of the local community every year, featured a selection of independent festive stalls. Including a body care, handmade jewellery and baked goods stall, plus a visit from Snowdrop therapy ponies, based in Warrington, which proved hugely popular with Green Park residents and visiting children alike.
Lisa Brakewell, Activities Coordinator at Green Park said: “It was heartwarming to see everyone have fun on Saturday; the ponies were so well-mannered and gentle, while there was a queue of people – both youngsters and our residents – at Santa’s grotto asking for their Christmas wishes to be granted! We recognise the positive impact it has for the people who live at Green Park to continue to feel part of the local community, so events like this, that bring everyone together are so important. We look forward to the smiles it puts on faces every year and seeing that joy last over the festive season.”
Laura McLeod, Home Manager, praised the activity team at Green Park for their impressive efforts in decorating the grotto with such enthusiasm and passion.
Green Park has two ‘Reconnect’ communities under one roof and is the largest home in the Orchard Came Homes group, in terms of room numbers. Reconnect is Orchard’s speciality dementia care programme which offers dedicated individualised are for those living with the condition. All rooms are en-suite and those making their home at Green Park can add their own personal touches to the décor in their rooms.