Orchard Gardens and Bishopstoke Park hosted their very own music festival on Saturday 18th March, with local musicians and bands providing their time for free to raise much needed funds for local charities.

The event was organised by Customer Relations Manager, Lisa Smirk, and Activities Coordinator, Hana Fincher, as part of their Spring activities schedule.

Care home Manager Karen Handley said the aim of the day was to raise awareness of Dementia in as well as show people what a vibrant place the care home is and raise money for local charities in the process.

Acts that performed at the event included Ben Dlugokecki, We Are Robot (Pop and rock covers), Ruth Elizabeth (alternative acoustic) and Steve Picken (acoustic Spanish and classical guitar). There was also be close-up magic from Mike Brown Magician as well as a tombola, raffle and bar.

In addition, visitors to the event were able to access a whole host of information on the day with stall from Wainwrights Chemist, Open Sight and Eric Robinson who also brought along Eric the Owl which provided a great photo opportunity for the families with children!

The event raised over £500, which will be split between 1Community, Alzheimer’s Society, Open Sight and the Orchard Gardens residents’ amenities funds. Bishopstoke most certainly rocked against Dementia!

World Rocks Against Dementia started last year, and was created by The Purple Angel Movement to bring communities together and spread more awareness around dementia. There were events in UK and around the world, including America, Nepal and Kenya. This year, even more events are taking place globally, and Anchor are the first housing and care provider to sign up.

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