Saint Valentine’s spirit was alive and well at Gillingham Grange in Gillingham, Dorset as residents and staff shared a week of activities to celebrate love and community cheer.
Community musician Paula Fleming was welcomed to the home.
She performed a medley of songs and had everyone tapping their feet.
A rendition of an Irish jig on the tin-whistle had one 99 year-old lady up and dancing, to the delight of all.
On Thursday morning children from St Mary the Virgin Primary School joined residents in an arts and craft session.
The morning’s activities were followed by a relaxing afternoon surrounded by red roses and petals, and heart-shaped decorations, with a special Valentine’s tea of delicious cakes and chocolates.
Caroline Orrell, Home Manager at Gillingham Grange, said, “We are absolutely delighted that residents had such a wonderful Valentine’s celebration.
Everyone really enjoyed sharing tales of love and companionship. Paula Fleming’s visit was a real highlight – music has a wonderful way of speaking to everybody’s heart.
We look forward to her visiting us all again soon.”
Gillingham Grange is part of European Care Group and provides tailored care and support for older people.