Care home revels in London 2012 spirit

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BULWELL’S Hall Park care home was also honoured to have the Olympic torch visit this week.

On Monday a special ‘Olympics Day’ took place for staff and residents to get into the spirit of the games at the venue on Squires Avenue.

At the event organised by staff member Claire Harne, residents were invited to take part in a number of activities.

The event culminated in a visit by Kimberley’s Hollie Ross, an official torchbearer, whose mum works at the home.

“We were delighted to welcome Hollie and the torch to the care home,” said Claire. “The day was a big success and everyone really enjoyed it.

“I organised carpet bowls and yoga in the morning with hoopla and volleyball in the afternoon.

“Most of the residents took part in at least one of the activities, even some people who don’t usually participate.”

Hollie arrived in the afternoon, wearing her official running gear to show residents the torch and share stories of her once-in-a-lifetime experience as part of the official torch relay.

Claire added: “I organised for all the department heads to take part in a relay event with the torch in the garden, which they all enjoyed and gave everyone a good laugh.

“Winners of each activity were awarded medals and residents got to have their photograph taken with the torch.”

After hearing that their housekeeper’s daughter was one of the chosen ones, Claire was keen to secure a visit from her so the residents could feel part of the Olympic event.

“Hollie was happy to visit and really made it a wonderful day giving everyone the chance to touch the torch and ask her questions about it,” explained Claire.

“We were all suitably impressed by it and very grateful that Hollie took time out to visit us.

“It was a very busy day but one that left us all feeling lucky for the chance to see the torch close up and it brought all the staff and residents together for a fun day.”

OUR PHOTO shows Hollie showing off the torch to residents Betty Higgins (84, left) and Jame Snaith (94) — DISPIC NHUD12-1827-2.