Lindwood care home switch on Christmas lights at pub opening
Older people living at a care home in Thames Ditton have been celebrating Christmas in style thanks to the opening of their own pub.
Residents at Linwood care home in Mercer Close held a competition to name their new pub which will be used by the residents for social occasions and reminiscence sessions.
The Linwood Arms, the name chosen by the majority of residents, was officially opened by Mayor of Elmbridge Mary Sheldon. She also turned on the Christmas lights on the day which marked Anchor’s Brighten Up Your Local Community event.
More than 100 homes across the country run by care home charity Anchor turned on their lights on Thursday 5 December.
Linwood Manager Eva Trochim said the residents love Christmas and they had been looking forward to the official opening of their pub as well as the lights being switched on.
She said: “All of Anchor’s care homes across the country will be switching on the Christmas lights on the same day as part of our national campaign to brighten up our local community.
“It’s important to organise meaningful activities for our residents as these boost their mental and physical well-being as well as being fun!
“Going to the pub was a social event for many of our older people when they were younger so we wanted to have our own pub so the residents could have an evening out but without having to brave the cold weather.”
For more information on Linwood, contact 0800 731 2020.