Sunshine indoors – Hyde care home brings Blackpool to residents

A Hyde care home has brought sunshine indoors to help bring a smile to residents faces during the coronavirus crisis.
When lockdown prevented the residents of Polebank Care Home taking a trip to Blackpool, staff decided the only thing to do was bring Blackpool to Hyde.

They quickly organised a day packed with all the fun of the fair and filled with attractions associated with Britain’s most famous seaside resort. Paddling and sand-castle building were accompanied by the strains of Cliff Richard’s “Summer Holiday”. The only thing missing was the tower.

Of course any trip to Blackpool has to include a few snacks so there was no shortage of hotdogs, burgers, chips and ice cream – with a few cocktails thrown in too.
Fancy dress, beach balls and balloon-and-bubble therapy added to fun. A dance by staff, some of whom were wearing grass skirts, proved very popular.
Stephanie Butterworth, Tameside Council’s director of adult services, said: “I know the residents were looking forward to their trip. Sadly they weren’t able to go, but they got the next-best thing and what a time they had.
“This is another example of the way care staff all over the borough are coming up with great ideas to make sure residents stay happy and comfortable during lockdown.”

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