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Friends of the Elderly’s Kidderminster and Malvern day care services and care homes bring festive, sparkling cheer to Worcestershire Cathedral

Charity Supports Annual Christmas Tree Festival

 Clients and residents at Friends of the Elderly’s Kidderminster Day Care, Malvern Day Care and Friends of the Elderly Malvern care homes, have been busy getting into the Christmas Spirit. The creative festive magic has been sprinkled and everyone has enjoyed making bespoke Christmas decorations for the Charity’s very own festive tree which will be part of the Annual Sparkling Christmas Tree Festival at Worcestershire Cathedral.

Kidderminster and Malvern Day Care both support people who are living with dementia and a range of age-related conditions. Davenham, Perrins House and Bradbury Court, are the residential, nursing and dementia care homes known as Friends of the Elderly Malvern. “Tina Ellenton, our Activities Coordinator at Davenham Care Home and I thought that displaying our own Christmas Tree in the annual festival would be a lovely thing for our clients and residents to get involved with, as well as being a perfect way to support, and be part of, the local community,” said Shirley Bradley, the Charity’s Head of Day Care Services.

Our clients and residents thoroughly enjoy our regular arts and crafts sessions; they are always great fun. Making the beautiful decorations for our Friends of the Elderly Christmas Tree has been wonderful, everyone really got into the Yuletide spirit. It’s also been a great reminiscing activity, stirring up many happy memories of Christmases past,” added Tina.

“We made a variety of different Christmas Tree decoration templates for our residents and clients to use. Everyone’s self-expression was inspired and imaginations ran wild in a very Christmassy way,” Tina added. “The results of everybody’s festive design endeavours are amazing.”

“It’s such a nice community initiative to be involved with in the run up to Christmas. Each year, the different, pretty sparkling Christmas Trees are always decorated so artistically, we are proud to be in such creative company,” Tina added.

“We work closely with our local community to make sure our residents and clients are supported, stay connected to their surroundings and are able to enjoy everyday life, and being part of the Cathedral’s Christmas Tree Festival, is a lovely addition to our existing calendar of community activities and initiatives,” Shirley continued.

“The Friends of the Elderly’s Christmas Tree will be hard to miss as our hand-made decorations are all in our beautiful blue brand colour and sparkling lights. We are all excited to see the finished tree and see how it looks amongst all the other glittering Christmas Trees in the Cathedral. We would love as many people as possible to go along and see it too,” concluded Shirley.

The annual sparkling Christmas Tree Festival at Worcestershire Cathedral will begin on Thursday 7th December and be open to everyone visit until Sunday 14th January 2024, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Visiting hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday with the last entry at 4 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, with the last entry at 2:30 p.m.

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