The mayor the merrier at care home’s tea party

PARTY TIME... South Tyneside Mayor Fay Cunningham and mayoress Stella Matthewson take part in a tea party event to mark National Nutrition and Hydration week at Garden Hill Care Home.
PARTY TIME... South Tyneside Mayor Fay Cunningham and mayoress Stella Matthewson take part in a tea party event to mark National Nutrition and Hydration week at Garden Hill Care Home.

A SOUTH Tyneside care home stirred up some civic support – to highlight the importance of a taking a tea break.

Garden Hill Care Home, in St Michael’s Avenue, South Shields, welcomed South Tyneside Mayor, Councillor Fay Cunningham, to take part in an afternoon tea.

High tea and sweet and savoury treats were the order of the day as the care home marked Nutrition and Hydration week, an annual event which aims to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration for your wellbeing.

As well as enjoying a refreshing cuppa, the mayor, as well as guests, staff and residents were treated to live entertainment from a gospel choir.

Nutrition and Hydration week is celebrated in hospitals, care homes and other healthcare settings across the country.

The main event of the week is the Worldwide Afternoon Tea, with healthcare organisations across the world taking part. With around three million people at risk of malnutrition in the UK and more than 25 million in the G8 countries, the importance of raising awareness of the risks, and promoting good practices, is an important issue across the health and social care sector.

Research shows that those who eat well recover from illness quicker, find it easier to stay alert and engaged in activities and, overall, have a better quality of life.

Garden Hill Care Home was happy to enlist the help of the borough’s mayor to show the importance of staying hydrated to bolster health.

Care manager Lyndsay Scott was delighted that the get-together was such a success.

She said “We have residents with lots of different dietary requirements thought that we would take this opportunity to invite those involved with our home to join us for high tea as we celebrate this important 
cause.”

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