Residents from four of Anchor’s London care homes experienced the magic of the Christmas thanks to volunteers who organised a party at the British Museum on Friday 18 December.

Residents and staff had a tour of the museum hosted by volunteers from the British Museum.

The 25 guests were entertained by magician Maximilian Somerset before being treated to a Christmas dinner.

The Salvation Army choir also sang a variety of carols while volunteers from Timebank, and Bericote Properties in festive fancy dress presented residents with Christmas gift hampers. They also gave The Salvation Army a cheque for £1,000.

Anchor’s Debbie Sharples Kirkbride, Service Delivery Consultant, organised the event: “Back in October, we organised a trip to the British Museum. Residents from different Anchor care homes came along and it was such a success that we decided to do something similar for Christmas.

“We regularly work with Timebank to get corporate volunteers involved with helping out at our care homes. Bericote Properties were one of the organisations who wanted to get involved – so much so they funded the party.”

Six guests from the local community also came along to enjoy the fun, having been invited through loneliness charity Hospitality Action.

Silk Court’s Activity Co-ordinator Silvana Hibell said: “Everyone was excited about our Grand London Christmas Party – it’s the perfect way to start the festive season. Christmas can be tough for some older people, who might have lost loved ones, so this will be a real boost for the residents’ wellbeing.”

Resident Jean Barker from Silk Court added that she really enjoyed the day: “The magician was very good, the meal was delicious and I enjoyed the tour of the British Museum.”

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