Older people at Bluegrove House care home in Bermondsey have spent a day judging Christmas decoration made by local school children on Thursday 5 December.

Residents at Bluegrove House in Southwark Road 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 have their decorations displayed on the tree.

As an extra treat the school child who wins the competition will have the grand honour of switching on the home Christmas tree lights.

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 Bluegrove House, Martin Wolckenhaar, said the residents absolutely love Christmas and meeting the local schoolchildren.

He 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 Marjorie Thompson, 82, who has lived at Bluegrove House for 5 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 Bluegrove House.

“There are so many interesting things to do here. There is always something different going on every day. I particularly enjoy the festive craft activities and carol singing.”

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