Hazel End Care Home residents raise a glass of mini-Guinness to St Patrick's Day
Care home residents in Bishop's Stortford were transported to the Emerald Isle to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
Hazel End Care Home celebrated all things 'green' on Wednesday (March 17), with the upstairs pub being converted into an Irish bar complete with decorations, costumes, music, food tasters and mini Guinnesses.
Residents played games including Shake your Shamrock, Pot of Gold Treasure Trail Hunt and themed bingo. Team members took part in a riverdance competition where residents were the judges and picked their favourite contestants, and the kitchen team cooked a Guinness cake.
One resident said: “I couldn’t have had a better time anywhere with anyone else – it’s been beautiful." Another added: “It couldn’t be better, they did such a good job.”
Georgia King, lifestyle lead at the home in Kitchener Road, St Michael's Hurst, said: "St Patrick's Day was the perfect opportunity to have some fun, be silly and make everyone smile – I love any opportunity to dress up!
"The donations from family members made it such a memorable day, with current restrictions meaning relatives cannot all come into the home."
She added: "It was so touching knowing that there was that input and involvement from a resident’s daughter to make this a day to remember and mark a special day, bringing people together. It was so rewarding seeing residents enjoy themselves – they really do deserve it.”
A daughter of a resident said: “I'd like to thank the team at Hazel End for making St Patrick's Day a joyous occasion for my mum and the rest of the residents. They've done amazing things during the pandemic and I can’t thank them enough for all they do."