Residents were treated to an extra special event to celebrate World Book Day, with a visit from children who attend Kinder Castle nursey in Tynemouth.
In a specially arranged storytelling session, children and residents came together, at both Cramlington House and West Farm Care Centre, to enjoy Alice In Wonderland followed by a Mad Hatters Tea party.
Commenting on the event, Kim Stubbs, our Wellbeing Champion at Cramlington House, excitedly explained: “What a wonderfully rewarding day! Both our residents and the visiting children really got into the spirit, with some fabulous World Book Day costumes. The children truly had a great impact – with many hitting it off with the residents very well and enjoying a good natter over some cake! Everyone enjoyed the story and the tea party after was a great success. The children really did leave an impression on our residents and they were relaxed, happy and upbeat following the session. We will definitely welcome them back again with open arms!”
16 children visited residents, with eight going to Cramlington House and eight going to West Farm. The bakes and cakes were delicious, the story fascinating, and the conversations and chatter flowed.
Rachel Campbell, Manager at Kinder Castle, said: “The children thoroughly enjoyed the visit especially chatting to the residents, introducing themselves and discussing their favourite stories. It was wonderful to see the delight on their faces and hear the laughter ring around the room. Their costumes were fantastic too.”
Thank you to everyone involved in organising the event – it definitely celebrated World Book Day in the right way!
Marion Rose, a resident at West Farm Care Centre, added: “It was a wonderful afternoon that brought back some great memories of when I was a teacher many years ago. It was lovely to chat to all of the children and I enjoyed looking at the pictures they had created in preparation for their visit. They also had lots of stories to tell including one child who told us about her dad’s smelly feet!”
"I am very pleased with how my mother has settled in and generally how supportive and caring the staff are. This has given us peace of mind knowing that she is safe & well looked after. Thank you."
"Our mum has been a resident at Cramlington House for over a year and we have nothing but praise for the friendly, approachable staff and management. We always feel like part of an extended family and when we visit nothing is too much bother. We are completely happy with the standard of care, support and understanding we all receive as a family."
"From the first day, I knew it was the place for my mum. Clean, friendly staff, lovely environment! My mum would not get the opportunity to do the activities she is experiencing if she was not in Cramlington House. It is home from home and we can visit anytime. I can't say enough of how great Cramlington House is. "
"This is an absolutely superb care facility. The staff say that this is the home of the residents, in which they work - and they evidence that philosophy every day. In the last months of our mother's long life, we took comfort form the fact that she was safe and secure, being well-fed and looked after. The entire care team are brilliant. "
"All the staff at West Farm have provided such wonderful care, compassion and support to my auntie. We both feel incredibly lucky to have found West Farm, it’s been the perfect home for my auntie. I can honestly say, hand on heart, every aspect of the care provided by each member of staff at West Farm has been outstanding."