Older people at a care home in Faringdon will be judging the Christmas decoration made by local schoolchildren on 1 December 2016.

Residents at care home Ferendune Court in Ash Close asked school children to each design and make a decoration as part of Anchor’s Light up Your Local Community event. The winning decoration was chosen by the Mayor of Faringdon Dr Mike Wise. The decoration was 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 young designer who wins the competition had the grand honour of switching on the Christmas tree lights on.

Manager of care home Ferendune Court, Samantha Bell, 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.”

Resident Kathleen Baskerville, who has moved into Ferendune Court in the last year, said   “I enjoyed seeing all the creative decorations the children made as it reminds me of when I was younger. I look 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 Ferendune Court Care Home.

“There are so many interesting things to do here. There is always something different going on every day. I particularly enjoy our trips out in Faringdon to the Cinema or the Coffee Shops that staff arrange as part of our social activity programme.”

For more information on Ferendune Court, contact 0845 140 2020.

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