Pet therapy at Riversway

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Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol were visited by two lovely dogs recently for a spot of special ‘pet therapy.’


The furry friends did tricks and played games with everyone, involving finding tasty treats.


The visit from Paws for Wellbeing was really enjoyed by all, especially the residents who have owned dogs in the past. Brenda in particular interacted with the dogs and Toni enjoyed playing games and laughing about past memories.




To view more photographs on Riversway's Facebook page, please click HERE



Arctic war veteran Jack was a local hero

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A Skelmersdale veteran of the Arctic convoys in the Second World War who survived 12 days in a lifeboat has died at local Birch Green Care home.


Jack Hall served with the Royal Artillery as a gunner on the merchant ships that carried food and military equipment across treacherous seas to support the eastern front over four years from 1941.


At one stage, his ship was torpedoed north of Canada and he had to survive 12 days in a lifeboat in perilous seas before being rescued.


For his services during the war, Jack was awarded the Medal of Ushakov by the Russians. The then Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Doreen Stephenson presented him with the award at a special ceremony organised by West Lancashire Borough Council in 2015. Jack was also the holder of the Arctic Star and Arctic Emblem medals for his services.


Jack’s son Norman, who had collected the Medal of Ushakov from the Russian Embassy in London, said: “My dad had quite an illustrious past and didn’t think twice about what he did during the war. The Ambassador said if it was not for the likes of my dad, the Russians would be speaking German. He had nothing but praise for the staff at Birch Green while he was there and we can’t thank them enough.”


Phillippa McGrath, general manager of Birch Green Care Home, said: “Jack became a well known character in the home and we all enjoyed his company. He was a lovely gentleman and will be missed by all.”


Jack, 95, became a well-known figure in the Skelmersdale area – where he lived for 25 years - whilst he was blind and partially deaf, and would often be seen walking around the area with his guide dogs.


Jack is survived by wife of 71 years, 92-year-old Marie and the couple had five sons and five daughters. He also leaves 16 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.


The veteran spent 14 years in the Royal Artillery, and in later life was also a long-distance lorry driver for Walter W. Cullen in Kirkby, near Liverpool. In recent years, Jack had been involved with Skelmersdale Ex-Services Association.


A funeral service will be held at St Richard’s RC Church in Liverpool Road, Skelmersdale, where family friends will pay their respects.



Poetry at Riversway

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A group of residents and staff gathered in one of Riversway’s lounges for a creative writing session recently.


The group took it in turns to help craft poems about autumn and animals, with staff making notes.


It was a great session and it was lovely to hear some of the results.





A healthy activity at Riversway

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At Springhill we understand the importance of a healthy diet and making sure that fresh fruit and veg are always available.


So at Riversway Nursing Home recently they took part in a great activity which centered around a veg box!


They were supplied with the box full of fresh fruit and veg including apples, pumpkins, beetroots, carrots, cobnuts, tomatoes and blueberries.


The donation came from a local Bristol company The French Garden Ltd and its managing director David Foster, along with Martin Fry – father of Kristy, our activities coordinator.


Residents and staff then spent time talking about what the produce was, and reminiscing about memories they brought up, along with sensory exploration and taking in the smells and feel of the fruit and get.


They spoke about recipes and the properties of the food, and residents recalled funny stories and memories.


One, Joan Jefferies, told everyone how interesting and beautiful it was to see the display, as she remembered her mother cooking and preparing dinner.






Poetry in motion at Birch Green

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We have a number of poetry fans at Birch Green Care Home, and recently they got together to share their love of reading.


The small group took it in turns to share their favourite verses with everyone, an activity which made for an entertaining afternoon.



 To view more photographs on Birch Green Care Home's Facebook page, please click HERE



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