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Wild West Open Day Helps Runcorn Care Home Raise Loot For Residents

The Wild West came to a Runcorn care home when residents and staff donned their ten-gallon hats and mounted their (inflatable) horses.

A western themed open day was held at Simonsfield Care Home, on Boston Avenue, to raise money for the residents’ fund.

The care home’s garden was decorated as a saloon, with maintenance man and sheriff Simon Ireland serving BBQ food to patrons.

Entertainer Will Malone sang country and western themed songs throughout the day, staff rode their inflatable steeds for a horse dancing competition, and everyone joined in for a line dance.

Games such as dice sevens and cactus hoop toss also added to the Western theme, alongside a tombola, raffle, name that teddy competition, and cakes made by the kitchen team.

Halton Sensory Services attended the event to showcase their services, information service Sure Start to Later Life had a stall, and Dolly Ladies showed their comfort dolls and teddies.

The event raised £103 for the residents’ fund, which contributes towards activities and outings for those living at the care home.

Resident Barbara Haywood, 81, got into the spirit of the day when she donned her red cowgirl boots, poncho, and accessories from when she used to line dance with her partner.

She said: “This brings back so many fond memories. Yeehaw!”

Marie Derbyshire, 71, said: “I haven’t laughed so much in ages. What a great day.”

Jean Nevitt, 88, said: “Wonderful day. Love the horses.”

John Stewardson, 85, added: “Great day. Loved the entertainment. Lovely singer. I could have played my ukulele.”

Debbie Smith, home manager at Simonsfield Care Home, said: “Everyone had a brilliant day and a raised a fantastic amount for the residents’ fund.

“I want to thank the Dementia Dolls ladies who donated some lovely things for the residents and showed us all what they do for people living with dementia. They are amazing to do what they do to ease people’s anxiety.

 

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