CHRISTMAS came very early to a Bolton care home, when residents were treated to a festive party and a visit from Santa Claus – in March.
The out-of-season celebration was held at Lever Edge Care Home, on Lever Edge Lane, Great Lever, when staff decided to bring Christmas back so residents did not miss out.
Due to government guidance affecting care homes in the UK over the winter months, residents were unable to enjoy the usual festivities in December.
So, three months later, staff dressed in their Christmas outfits, dug out the decorations, put up the tree, and gave the dining room a festive makeover.
The tables were laid with crackers, festive hats and napkins, and the kitchen team served a delicious Christmas lunch with all the trimmings.
Santa Claus was given a warmer-than-usual welcome – given that he normally visits in winter – and he handed out presents to each of the residents.
Hilda Ashcroft, 86, who lives at Lever Edge Care Home, said: “The tree is beautiful. I’ve never seen a tree like that.”
Resident Patricia Brooks, 90, said: “I’ve had a wonderful afternoon. I’ve really enjoyed myself.”
Fellow resident Kathleen Moss, 70, said: “The Christmas dinner was delicious. It really feels like Christmas.”
And John Farnworth, 70, added: “I’m so glad we’ve redone Christmas, as it wasn’t the same this year, not having Christmas dinner with friends.”
Lisa Martin, home manager at Lever Edge Care Home, said: “Due to our residents having to isolate over Christmas, we all felt like they missed out on a lot of the fun, so we decided to recreate Christmas, but in March.
“We’re so glad we got to recreate Christmas for the residents. They all said the decorations were beautiful and had a fab time.”