National cupcake day at Birch Green

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Birch Green celebrated National Cupcake Day in a bid to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Beautifully decorated cakes were put on sale for everyone to buy including cupcakes, swiss rolls and a chocolate cake wrapped with blue ribbon to represent the society.

The handmade cakes made by staff and their family members went down a treat, so much so that overall the home raised £105.50. 

To show support for the charity, residents shared pictures of their loved ones and talked about memories they had with them. 

A huge thank you goes to all the staff and volunteers who helped the day to be a success.


 To view more photographs on Birch Greens' Facebook page, click HERE


 

 

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A galloping birthday surprise for Jacqueline

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A resident from Riversway Nursing Home, Bristol, celebrated her birthday with a visit from a pony.

 

Jacqueline, 87, was surprised by staff at Riversway with the visit by Apollo the Shetland pony, after she shared her passion for horses.

 

Jacqueline has been passionate about horses since she was a youngster and often talks about her riding days with one of her favourite horses Tatatina.

 

Special guests on the day included children from a local nursery, regular visitors to the home thanks to a link between the two organisations, who joined in with Jacqueline’s celebrations.


 

To view more photographs from Apollos visit on Riversways' Facebook page just click HERE


 

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Birch Green Care Home makes dazzling donation

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Birch Green Care Home have donated £250 to help six gymnasts compete in an international competition.

 

They presented a cheque to the Dazzlers Gymnastics Club and to say thank you, the youngsters performed a special routine at the home to celebrate Birch Green being praised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and awarded a ‘good’ rating in a recent inspection.

 

The club, which is also based in Skelmersdale is run as a Community Interest Company, aiming to keep costs for the gymnasts low so that money can be re-invested in to running the club for the benefit of its members.

 

The Dazzlers, whose members range from age eight to 13, and are raising funds to meet the travel costs required to attend the IAICG World Gymnastics Championships in Florida in June 2018.

 

Vicky Sudworth, General Manager at Birch Green Care Home and mum of Sophie Sudworth, a member of the Dazzlers Gymnastics Club said: “Everyone at the home really enjoyed the

performance and most of the residents were in awe when they saw how skilled the girls are. It’s important that we support other organisations where possible and this was a great opportunity for residents to be able to give something back to their community.

 

“As a mum whose daughter is part of the Dazzlers Gymnastics Club, I can also comment on how much this means to the gymnasts. The club doesn’t have a permanent home and has very little dedicated equipment but with enthusiastic coaching and fantastic team spirit, the club certainly holds its own when competing – even against much larger clubs with far superior equipment.”

  

To view photos of Birch Greens' celebration day and The Dazzlers Gymnastics Club performance on their Facebook page click HERE

 


To support the Dazzlers Gymnastics Club in travelling to Florida for the experience of a lifetime, please visit:  https://www.gofundme.com/dazzlers-gymnastics-fundraising.


 

 

 

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Birch Green Care Home remembers D-Day

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On June 6th residents and staff at Birch Green care Home, Skelmersdale gathered together in the sunny garden to remember and celebrate the 74th anniversary of the Normandy landings, also known as D-Day.

 

Residents joined in with a sing along to songs including ‘the white cliffs of Dover’ and ‘we’ll meet again’ while waving flags.

 

Once everyone had sang until their hearts content, a treat of afternoon tea was served under the gazebo. Delicious cakes such as swiss roll, pink ‘n’ whites and fruit tarts were served on union jack cake trays.

 

After everyone had finished afternoon tea, residents discussed their memories of D-Day and reminisced about family members who were part of the war.

 

A lovely day was had by all.

 


 

To view all our photos in Birch Greens' Facebook page click HERE


 

 

 

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Home Safari visits Birch Green

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Last week Birch Green Care Home was visited by Home Safari, an organisation that works alongside the NHS providing animal-assisted therapy sessions to individuals within care environments.

 

Lisa and Karen, animal handlers from Home Safari who tailor sessions to individuals, brought in a variety of animals for residents to interact with including a snake, a skunk, a rabbit, a meerkat, a bearded dragon and a tortoise.

 

Home Safari aim to improve health & well being with assisted or independent movement, increase self-esteem, increase communication and interactions with others and decrease anxiety or loneliness, and much more.

 

Residents learned about where the animals originated from and enjoyed discussing their eating and sleeping habits too.

 

After an education session, residents and staff had the opportunity to interact with some of the animals – there were some very brave residents who handled the snake.

 

Birch Green are looking forward to their next session with Home Safari at the end of June.

 


 

To view more photographs on Birch Greens' Facebook page click HERE


 

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