Thursday, 29 February 2024
Thursday, 29 February 2024

Friends of the Elderly Brings Festive, Sparkling Cheer to Worcestershire Cathedral

CLIENTS and residents at Friends of the Elderly’s Kidderminster Day Care, Malvern Day Care and Friends of the Elderly Malvern care homes have been busy getting into the Christmas Spirit.

The creative festive magic has been sprinkled and everyone has enjoyed making bespoke Christmas decorations for the Charity’s very own festive tree which will be part of the Annual Sparkling Christmas Tree Festival at Worcestershire Cathedral.

Kidderminster and Malvern Day Care both support people who are living with dementia and a range of age-related conditions. Davenham, Perrins House and Bradbury Court are the residential, nursing and dementia care homes known as Friends of the Elderly Malvern.

Shirley Bradley, the Charity’s Head of Day Care Services said:

“Tina Ellenton, our Activities Coordinator at Davenham Care Home and I thought that displaying our own Christmas Tree in the annual festival would be a lovely thing for our clients and residents to get involved with, as well as being a perfect way to support, and be part of, the local community.”

Tina added:

“Our clients and residents thoroughly enjoy our regular arts and crafts sessions; they are always great fun. Making the beautiful decorations for our Friends of the Elderly Christmas Tree has been wonderful, everyone really got into the Yuletide spirit. It’s also been a great reminiscing activity, stirring up many happy memories of Christmases past.

“We made a variety of different Christmas Tree decoration templates for our residents and clients to use. Everyone’s self-expression was inspired and imaginations ran wild in a very Christmassy way. The results of everybody’s festive design endeavours are amazing.

“It’s such a nice community initiative to be involved with in the run-up to Christmas. Each year, the different, pretty sparkling Christmas Trees are always decorated so artistically, we are proud to be in such creative company.”

Shirley continued: 

“We work closely with our local community to make sure our residents and clients are supported, stay connected to their surroundings and are able to enjoy everyday life, and being part of the Cathedral’s Christmas Tree Festival is a lovely addition to our existing calendar of community activities and initiatives.

“The Friends of the Elderly’s Christmas Tree will be hard to miss as our hand-made decorations are all in our beautiful blue brand colour and sparkling lights. We are all excited to see the finished tree and see how it looks amongst all the other glittering Christmas Trees in the Cathedral. We would love as many people as possible to go along and see it too.”

The annual sparkling Christmas Tree Festival at Worcestershire Cathedral began on Thursday 7th December and it will be open to everyone visiting until Sunday 14th January 2024, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Visiting hours will be 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday with the last entry at 4pm and from 1pm to 3pm on Sundays, with the last entry at 2:30pm.

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