Creative Residents Earn Prize For Care Home
Family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son have presented a Spondon care home with a microphone and speaker system as a thank you to residents for their creativity.
Wathall’s invited residents at Willowcroft, a 60-bed care home run by older person’s charity MHA in Nottingham Road, to design a Christmas card for the firm.
The residents promptly set about creating their designs as part of regular arts and craft activity sessions.
The winning design, chosen by Wathall’s, was created by Mrs Joyce Gardner (77). She and runners up Mrs Margaret Allan (83) and Mrs May Irvine (88), were presented with M&S vouchers by Mark Hodgson manager of Wathall’s recently-opened funeral home in nearby Borrowash.
Mr Hodgson also presented the home with the microphone and speaker and arrived laden with biscuits and chocolates as a thank you for their work.
Willowcroft Manager Kate Prince said: “We were delighted to have been asked to design the Wathall’s Christmas card and the residents thoroughly enjoyed their creative challenge.
“Wathall’s said that they would be giving us the equivalent money of what it would cost to design their cards and we were over the moon when Mark brought us the microphone and speaker.
“It will be ideal for our Sunday services in the home to ensure everyone can hear and then for entertainment here such as music, bingo and karaoke.”
Helen Wathall, managing director of G Wathall & Son, explained: “We usually work with different primary schools to design a Christmas card that we send out to our suppliers and business contacts.
“With having recently opened the Borrowash branch nearby, we thought it would be nice to give the opportunity to one of the local care homes and Willowcroft’s beautiful new building immediately sprang to mind.
“The residents did a great job and we had a lot of very positive feedback from people who received the cards.”