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Weekly Edition - Published  20 October 2016


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Harvest Festival 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 Display.

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 enjoyed.

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 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."


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