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"When I am old ..." Inspired by poetry at Hallgarth

Hallgarth Care Home in Durham has popular and very active Art and Poetry Clubs, and the two often combine to work on projects together.

This can be either as a group, or to tap into the specific interests and memories of individual residents.

Resident Grace has enjoyed poetry since she was a young child and can still recall many poems by heart. She is a regular at Poetry Club with her family, and often reads aloud and recites poems from memory.

Recently Grace was inspired the sentiment of Jenny Joseph's famous verse 'Warning' (full text below), which begins:

"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me."

and as a result a project was born!

Grace set her mind to making a large - almost lifesize - creation of a jolly dancing lady in purple, which will take pride of place in a display the home is planning for Care Home Open Day on Friday 28th June.

The piece was created in sections over a number of weeks, starting with the red hat, then building up the dress and adding a personal touch from Grace - a pair of silver shoes!

Home Manager Angela Muir said:

"Our Art and Poetry Clubs always generate brilliant ideas from our residents and this has been one of the very best.
Grace has put so much thought, time and effort into her work and the finished product is absolutely fabulous. This sort of activity is beneficial on many levels - for motor skills, cognitive ability, reminiscence and ultimately a real sense of achievement.

"We're sure Grace's work will go down a storm with our visitors on Care Home Open Day and we're really proud of her."

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