Older people at an Anchor care home in Staines spent the day judging the Christmas decorations made by local school children on Thursday 5 December.

Residents at care Meadowside in Knowle Park Avenue asked school children to each design and make a decoration as part of Anchor’s Brighten up Your Local Community event. The winning decoration is to be placed on the top of the tree with all the runners up also having their decorations displayed on the tree.

Residents decided that as an extra treat the young designer who wins the competition will have the grand honour of switching the home Christmas tree lights on.

Volunteers play big part in the life of the care home and the event was also used to recognise the great work they have done. The volunteers, who helped organise the Christmas celebrations, were each presented with a certificate thanking them for their hard work.

Manager of Meadowside, Jo Davison, said the residents absolutely love Christmas and meeting the local schoolchildren.

She said: “All of Anchor’s care homes across the country will be running the decoration competition as part of our national campaign to brighten up our local community because it’s such a great event for our customers to be involved in. Customers love to get around the tree and sing carols.

“It’s important to organise meaningful activities for our residents as these boost their mental and physical well-being as well as being fun! The residents were central to the organisation of this event, having made the mince pies.”

Customer Vera Clinton, 98, who has lived at Meadowside for 10 years, said she enjoyed judging the competition.

She said: “I enjoyed seeing all the creative decorations the children made as it reminds me of when I was younger. I looked forward to this event as I got to make mince pies for the children. It’s a lovely way to start the Christmas celebrations at Meadowside.

“There are so many interesting things to do here. There is always something different going on every day. I particularly enjoy playing Bingo and Skittles.”

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