A CHRISTMAS market and Santa’s grotto came to a Bolton care home – as residents were unable to enjoy the town’s annual festive attractions.
Staff at Lever Edge Care Home hosted their own Christmas market so residents could shop for gifts, enjoy a glass of mulled wine, and tuck into some tasty festive treats.
Stalls were set up throughout the care home, which is donned in Christmas decorations, so residents had a feel of walking around a Christmas market.
The home’s maintenance man Gary Plant dressed as Father Christmas for the occasion and greeted residents in the grotto before giving each of them a present.
Home manager Lisa Martin ran a gingerbread making stall and deputy manager Kathryn Denton was dishing out freshly made crepes.
Care assistant Adam Brown was on the hot chocolate and mulled wine stall, and fellow care assistant Liz Roberts was offering baubles, placemats, and bookmarks, while activities coordinator Janine Gibbon manned the cake and jewellery stall.
The personalised Christmas tree baubles were donated by Bolton business “Creations by Emily Joy”, and the placemats and bookmarks by Janine and fellow activities coordinator Alix Isherwood, who was also the photographer for the day.
The home also had a live nativity scene, with carer Nydark Bol as Mary, care assistant Joshua Finch as Joseph, and the wise men played by resident John Gorner and carer Peter Yoak.
Other members of the team were the market elves, helping the residents visit the stalls and keeping everyone entertained.
Resident Mary Hearsum, 84, said: “I’ve been to see Father Christmas and got a present. It’s just like being little again.”
Doris Gregory, 93, picked up some jewellery from the market. She said to her fellow residents: “Look what I’ve got. It’s gorgeous.”
Helen Jones, 97, added: “You’re all so kind. We’ve had a lovely day.”
Home manager Lisa said: “We usually run a Christmas fair for residents each year and also take them out to local Christmas markets but we’ve not been able to do so this year.
“We didn’t want to disappoint everyone, as the markets were all cancelled, so we made our own. Everyone had a brilliant time. The residents and staff all had so much fun.
“I am incredibly proud of the team at Lever Edge Care Home for going the extra mile to give our lovely residents a special Christmas. They have made a huge difference for the residents this year and brought so much happiness into the home.
“If that’s not the true spirit of Christmas then I don’t know what is.”