Swindon care home's happy festive season

By Barrie Hudson - 31 December 2021

CommunityBusiness

Barchester’s White Lodge care home got into the festive spirit with a range of events.

The care home, in Swindon's Braydon Road, treated residents to a carol concert from Lockdown brass, a visit from the Reaper Rats bike group, its annual Santa walk, Father Christmas delivering gifts to residents and even a snowball fight.

Residents were delighted that Reaper Rats visited again with gift bags for all.  The group works tirelessly raising funds to support Dementia UK and support care homes in the area by surprising residents with visits and gifts. 

White Lodge is set in 10 acres of grounds and every year residents and staff dress up as Father Christmas and take stroll.  Carl Norris from the maintenance team became Father Christmas to deliver gifts for all the residents - and then a reindeer for a fun snowball fight.

General Manager Ramona Gherendi said: “Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year and this year we wanted to spoil our fantastic residents even more than normal so we’ve pulled out all the stops.  It is so lovely to see them all getting into the Christmas spirit, it’s definitely my favourite time of year.”

Resident Jeanie Smith said: “It has been wonderful to see everyone go to so much effort to get in spirit. 

"I really enjoyed the Reaper Rats visit and we have had so much fun with so many different activities.  Christmas day was also very special, the food was delicious and it was such a great atmosphere.”

White Lodge is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering high-quality care across its care homes and hospitals.  White Lodge provides nursing care, residential care and respite care, and can be contacted on 01666 860381.

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