19 Dec 2013
Older people at Anchor’s Silk Court care home in Bethnal Green invited TV star Tommy Walsh to switch on their Christmas tree light this month.
Residents at the care home in London also spent time designing and making their own unique decorations for Christmas as part of Anchor’s Brighten Up Your Local Community event.
The residents were very pleased that the Ground Force star was coming to visit and would be switching on the Christmas tree lights this year.
Manager of Silk Court, Marcia Forsythe, said the residents absolutely love Christmas and were looking forward to decorating the home ahead of the special event.
She said: “All of Anchor’s care homes across the country will be turning their Christmas lights on as part of our national campaign to brighten up our local community. It’s such a great event for our customers to be involved in, they always love getting together around the Christmas tree to sing carols.
Watch this year's Anchor Merry Christmas video to see Tommy switch the lights on at Silk Court
Marcia continued: “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 Breda Ordell, age 80, who has lived at Silk Court care home for 8 months, said she enjoyed helping to decorate the Christmas tree. Breda said: “It really was a lot of fun!”
Customer Hellen Cohen commented: “I enjoyed making decorations for the tree, it reminds me of when I was younger. I look forward to this event as I got to make mince pies for Tommy. It’s a lovely way to start the Christmas celebrations at Silk Court.
“There are so many interesting things to do here. There is always something different going on every day. I particularly enjoy the exercise dance class and our wonderful cocktail party activities.”