While keeping a little distance remains important for some, young and old are proving that it is still possible to come together for seasonal celebration, good will and community cheer.
Coinciding with its first birthday and Elf Day, the annual fundraiser organised by the Alzheimer’s Society, staff and residents at Cheadle Manor care centre on Stockport Road in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, were joined by local beavers, cubs and scouts for an evening of carol singing and fun winter activities that culminated in the official switching-on of the home’s Christmas lights.
Beavers, cubs and scouts from 2nd Heald Green, attended the event, with the young people singing a range of rousing festive favourites to residents who were watching and singing along from the care home’s first floor balcony.
Not only was the event a fun way to signal the start of the Christmas festivities for residents, it also helped the beavers achieve one of their challenge badges which rewards and recognises activities where they have linked in with other elements of the local community which is so important for young and old alike.
Deputy manager at Cheadle Manor, Rowena Bolton, organised the event. She is also the Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers for Cheadle and District.
She said: “Many of our residents have been involved with guiding and scouting and talk often about the happy times they enjoyed with the movement in their younger years. I have been involved with scouting in Cheadle for more than 10 years and am always really keen to link my passion for scouting with my day-to-day role in the care centre. There is so much to enjoy about multigenerational activites such as these, with young and old spending time in each other’s company which has many mutual benefits for all.
“We were also keen to link our switch-on to Elf Day which is national event run annually to raise important funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. Our staff team dressed up as elves to entertain the residents and we organised some fun activities on an elf theme for the children. All-in-all, it was a super evening and we’re now feeling very festive!”