Horses the mane attraction at care home

HORSE PLAY ... above and below, residents at Garden Hill Care Home meet the ponies.

HORSE PLAY ... above and below, residents at Garden Hill Care Home meet the ponies.

THERE was no doubting the “mane” attraction at a South Tyneside care home as residents enjoyed a day of festive fun.

It was “shire” delight at Garden Hill Care Home, in St Michael’s Avenue, South Shields, which made two American miniature horses the special guests at its annual Christmas fete.

The seasonal celebration raised a bumper £807 from a cake sale, mulled wine and refreshment stand, a raffle and a host of arts and craft stalls.

The cash will pay for activities such as days out, theatre trips and musical entertainment for old folk.

Residents and their families packed into the care home to get in to the Christmas spirit.

Bobbie Jo Scott, who is activities co-ordinator at the care home, consulted with residents to find out what entertainment they wanted for the fete.

Other yuletide events organised by the home, which provides both residential and nursing care, have included a Christmas party, shopping trips to Sunderland and the MetroCentre, Yuletide arts and crafts, and an educational talk on the story of Christmas.

Four-legged visitors Mr P and Wish, dressed in their festive finest, were brought to the borough by K and L Pony Therapy, based in Darlington.

Lyndsay Scott, manager at Garden Hill Care Home, said: “For us, Christmas is not just a single day, but a build-up of activities and events throughout the whole of December, which gets everyone in the festive spirit.

“Our Christmas fete is always a popular event. It attracts a lot of people of all ages from the local community which gives them a chance to chat and have fun with our staff and residents.”

Upcoming events at the home are available from its website and blog on www.countrywidecarehomes.co.uk

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