Santa, songs, dancing — and chips at care home

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STAFF dressed as Santas and elves as part of a fun-filled day to help residents of the Eden Lodge care home in Bestwood Village celebrate Christmas.

Thirty-six residents who suffer from dementia got into the festive spirit at the home on Park Road.

In a break from tradition, the fun started with a fish-and-chip lunch brought in, at a cost of £100, from Zac’s Fish and Kebab House on Portland Road, Hucknall.

But it was back to the festive favourites when entertainer Dave Lawrence arrived to lead the way with a performance of favourite Christmas songs.

Residents who were able enjoyed a dance while wearing Santa hats they had decorated.

Family and friends were invited along to join in the celebration, while other attractions featured a tombola, raffle and series of stalls, including one weighed down with 50 sparkling cupcakes baked by a staff member.

Raised was a total of nearly £500, which will boost the residents’ social fund to pay for monthly entertainment and days out in the New Year.

Lindsey Raynor, who is a financial administrator at Eden Lodge, said: “I have worked here for more than seven years, and this is one of the best Christmas events I can remember.

“We have a good team and good continuity here, and I think that shone through at the event.

“It was a real bonding chance and an opportunity for the staff to step away from care to have fun with the residents.

“Everyone enjoyed it, got involved and helped launch us into the festive season.”

Praise was heaped on new manager Julie Hampson, who has now been at the home for 18 months and was involved with the Christmas event.

Projects lined up for 2012 include the creation of a sensory room at the home.

OUR PHOTO shows staff and residents hitting the dancefloor at the Eden Lodge Christmas party — DISPIC NHUD11-3482-1.