Friendship and Community Spirit at National Care Home Open Day

June 2017

Residents, staff, relatives, visitors and friends of Middleton Hall Retirement Village enjoyed a fun filled day to celebrate the 5thannual National Care Home Open Day on Friday.

The National Care Home Open Day is an annual event where care homes across the country open their doors and welcome visitors and the local community. This year’s theme was ‘Friendship and Community Spirit’, something that Middleton Hall knows a thing or two about!

Visitors and guests were invited to share a big picnic style lunch together, an initiative set up by the Eden project. Local residents of Middleton St George and Sadberge were among just some of those invited to the lunch, bringing communities together.

Smiles were a plenty throughout the day with people enjoying the activities arranged. The big lunch was the centre of celebrations with everyone enjoying a Summer Pimm’s and a traditional picnic feast on red and white table cloths.

Other activities included art workshops where friendship cards were made, a photography exhibition celebrating coastal nostalgia, and a special visit from four legged therapy animals including some miniature ponies.

Also on show were some edible exhibits creatively produced by residents and staff to celebrate National Smile Month. This was all part of a better health programme supporting Middleton Hall’s better oral health initiative.

Middleton Hall also chose the National Care Home Open Day to hand over a fundraising cheque to last year’s Mayor of Darlington Brian Jones. £5824.36 was raised for the Mayor’s Charities supporting St Teresa’s Hospice, The Samaritans, Breath Easy and the 700 Club. Monies raised came from a range of fundraising activities by staff and residents including a sky diving jump, a coast to coast walk, a knitting sale, a Christmas fair, coffee mornings and many more.