Seaside comes to Knutsford nursing home
Nursing home residents at Sharston House have been enjoying a ‘trip’ to the seaside.
The home’s activities co-ordinator, Stacey Hinton, said the home’s success in Kingsley in Bloom, a competition involving Kingsley Healthcare’s 30 care homes, had been a real community effort.
The theme of the garden was ‘Beside the Seaside’.
She said: “Lots of volunteers kindly joined us in digging and planting, including children from St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School and members of Knutsford Lions Club.”
The home won a £250 prize for its residents’ fund, which pays for extra activities and outings.
Sumi Thayan, operations director and co-founder of Kingsley, who chaired the judging panel, said: “This is the second year we have run an In Bloom competition. The effort and imagination the homes put in was amazing, and our residents really appreciate the results.”
Sharston House transformed an area of the garden into ‘Sharston Shores’, complete with a beach and even a boat.
Stacey said: “I must say a big thank you to all our volunteers and to B&Q in Northwich, which donated lots of plants to us. Many of our volunteers came for several hours, in fact 9 to 5, to help us. Residents’ families came to see what we were doing, and many donated flowers for us to plant.”
Volunteers helped paint a cart, wash plant pots and pot flowers, with one growing flowers in her garden for the display.
Stacey added: “We painted the bird houses and the back wall white, which features our sea scene. We have our own sandpit surrounded by pebbles, where residents and their families can put their feet in the sand, have an ice cream and think of their holidays in Llandudno. It was such a team effort, and everyone said they enjoyed helping.”
The children from St Vincent’s School painted fish and sea creatures during a craft session at the home.
The beach garden was opened with a garden party for residents, families and volunteers.