Consett care homes commemorate Remembrance Sunday with community display

Residents from four care homes in the Consett area have come together to create a moving ‘Cascading Poppies’ display, currently on view to the public in Consett Library.

The display includes over 200 decorative poppies crafted and painted by residents and their families at special workshops at Abigail Lodge, Brockwell Court and Redwell Hills Care Homes in Consett, and Hollie Hill Care Home in Stanley.

The art and craft sessions were led by Creative Mojo, an organisation that offers art and craft activities for the elderly and specialises in working with people with dementia.

Viki Gates, Home Manager at Abigail Lodge Care Home, said:

“Our residents have loved taking part in this activity and it has been great to see so many of them getting involved and taking such pride in the poppies they’ve made.

Remembrance Sunday is of particular significance to our residents, many of whom lived through the Second World War, and creating the poppies together sparked memories and conversations about their wartime experiences.

On behalf of all the homes taking part I’d like to thank Consett Library for hosting our display – it means a lot to our residents and their families to have created something special for the local community to see and enjoy.”

Dawn Kay from Creative Mojo added:

“It has been a pleasure to work with the care home residents on this poppy display, and they should be really proud of the finished result. It’s important that the activities we offer are fully inclusive, and we are delighted that so many residents have been able to join in. With four homes involved it’s been a great team effort and their wonderful display is a credit to them all.”

‘Cascading Poppies’ by residents from Abigail Lodge, Brockwell Court, Redwell Hills and Hollie Hill Care Homes will be on display until 20th November at Consett Library on Victoria Road.

Date published: 5 November 2019


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