celebrations at Dale Park
RESIDENTS and members of the care team
at HC One's Dale Park Care Home in Southport hosted a special afternoon of
activities as it opened its doors to celebrate the Harvest Festival, on Thursday,
6 October 2016.
In the lead up to the day resident's painted decorative pictures of wheat,
harvest vegetables and field mice and also made a scarecrow, which Residents
named:- "Dodger the Lodger". Resident's also helped to create a Harvest
On the day Dale Park Care Home welcomed members of the local community as part
of its Harvest Festival celebrations with an extended Harvest Church Service
from local Vicar Rev. Peter Hughes and Pastors Christine Sherman and Sheila
Murray. In front of a beautiful Harvest display the Reverend Hughes played the
organ and we enjoyed singing along to thanks; giving hymns such as:- "All
things Bright and Beautiful" which the Residents and guests thoroughly
After some Church readings and Thanksgiving prayers, Activity Co-ordinators
Lavinia Wright and Abigail Woods read out some Harvest and Autumnal poetry to
celebrate National Poetry Day which coincided with the Festival. Poems included
Sir John Betjeman's Diary of a Church Mouse and Ted Hughes's Harvest Moon and
some other poems written by local Primary School Children. The celebrations
continued with entertainment from Jazz singer Sophie Bennett with Bitter
Shandy's for all. A Great Day was had by all!
A key part of the day was the distribution of the home's Harvest collection to
elderly neighbours. Dale Park Care Home provided Shoreline food bank in
Southport with items they had gathered for their Harvest collection. The home
also held fundraising activities for HC One's charity partner The Silver Line,
which raised £53 for the charity.
The Silver Line is the only free, national,
confidential helpline open every day and night, offering information, friendship
and advice to older people. HC One recently announced a £100,000 donation to the
charity, which will cover the costs of 20,000 calls to the helpline.
Harvest Festival is an annual celebration to mark the end of the main Harvest
season, and a time to give thanks for the crop that has been grown.
Traditionally it is a time when people share collected food items with those in
need in their local community.
HC One currently has the highest compliance rating of all independent
residential care home providers. HC One is also celebrating achieving a 9.4/10
average rating on the sector's leading care home comparison website carehome.co.uk. The high rating demonstrates
HC One is 1 of the best companies
in the care home sector as rated by service users.
HC One Dale Park Care Home Turnaround Manager, Jan O'Hanlon, said:-
"Residents and guests alike enjoyed a busy, fun packed day. Everyone
particularly enjoyed signing along to the church hymns that reminded them of
their younger days."
HC One Managing Director, Glen Mason, said:- "At HC One we know how
important it is for Residents to join in with events and activities with the
local community. It sounds like the Harvest Festival celebrations at Dale Park
Care Homes were great and enjoyed by everyone who attended."