Tameside: Mayor joins special celebrations at Dukinfield care home

THE Civic Mayor of Tameside enjoyed dancing through the decades at a special celebration at a Dukinfield care home.

Councillor Betty Affleck joined other visitors and guests from the local community to enjoy this year’s Care Home Open Week festivities at The Beeches on Yew Tree Lane.

Accompanied by her consort and brother Declan Fitzpatrick, they spent time chatting with residents, who found it fascinating that they are now following in the footsteps of their father who was the Mayor in 1987.

June’s 90th birthday

HC-One, the care home’s operator, chose ‘dancing through the decades’ as the overarching theme for this year’s Care Home Open Week – a national event hosted by Championing Social Care, designed to connect care homes with their local communities.

Throughout the week recently, residents came together with staff, families and friends for a variety of fun-filled activities, culminating in an end-of-week celebration at the home.

The Beeches staff and residents with Civic Mayor of Tameside

On Friday, June 28, and Saturday, June 29, The Beeches held a coffee morning with home-baked cakes, a buffet, a ‘Name That Tune’ quiz and lots of dancing among other activities.

Saturday was also a special day for one resident as June celebrated her 90th birthday.

The care home was decorated especially for the occasion, which included entertainment from Elizabeth at Amazing Grace Entertainment.

Residents danced along to Amazing Grace Entertainment singer Elizabeth

In the weeks leading up to the open day, residents had helped produce posters with their favourite singers on, which were on display, while visitors were able to find out more from staff about a career in care.

Louise Clifford, manager at The Beeches, said everyone had an amazing time.

She said: “We are proud to support Dukinfield, and our Open Week celebrations provided a great opportunity to reconnect with our local community and to support community engagement which is so important to our residents, colleagues, and the local area.

“The week was also a chance for us to showcase what life at our care home is like, share career and volunteering opportunities, and remind our local community that our kind care teams, and extensive facilities are here for them if they ever need support.”

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