A LEIGH based care home has embodied the spirit of community and festive celebration by hosting an array of festive activities this Christmastime.

Lakeview, a local complex needs care home on Ena Crescent in Leigh hosted a Christmas market and a Christmas party for residents and carers this month.

The annual Christmas market was said to be an enchanting experience for those living at the home, the staff team, and the local community.

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Leigh Journal: The residents loved the festive events hosted at LakeviewThe residents loved the festive events hosted at Lakeview (Image: Lakeview)
In a heartening display of community support, the Christmas market featured a wide range of stalls from local businesses and Lakeview residents, two of which sold homemade jewellery, keyrings and knitted items, helping visitors and the people living at the home complete their Christmas shopping.

One of the staff’s partners dressed up as Santa Claus and handed out selection boxes to children who visited, most of whom were children of staff. There was also a game of tombola for everyone to partake in.

Leigh Journal: A Tombola and markets were organised by the care homeA Tombola and markets were organised by the care home (Image: Lakeview)
Additionally, the care home hosted a Christmas party for residents and staff, which included an entertainment segment during which a local singer came to perform for all the guests.

Ahead of these celebrations, Lakeview care home hosted their annual Elf Day, which entails all carers dressing up as elves and having a sing-along for individuals living at the home. This was organised in conjunction with the local branch of the Alzheimer’s Society, with donations collected for the charity.

Lakeview care home is part of Exemplar Health Care, one of the country’s leading nursing care providers for adults living with complex needs. The home supports adults living with complex mental health needs, dementia, neuro-disabilities including Huntington’s disease, and physical disabilities.

Leigh Journal: The festive events had a great response from residents and their familiesThe festive events had a great response from residents and their families (Image: Lakeview)
Sue Pownall, Activities Coordinator at Lakeview care home, said: “I’m so pleased with all the lovely Christmas activities we set up for the people we support this holiday season. Our annual Elf Day and Christmas market have become a real tradition at the home, and all the hard work that goes in to organising the events are worth it when we see how excited people are.

“Christmas is such a magical holiday, and everyone should be able to properly celebrate, if they wish, regardless of their physical or mental health. The events were also such a lovely way to incorporate the community into our home activities and share the festive joy amongst Leigh locals, whilst helping deliver on our mission of making every day better for the people we support."