November Activities Summary 2014

It’s getting closer !

November is over and the big countdown is on….Zoe has been preparing the Valerie Manor Christmas for weeks….making sure that everything is in place for the big day not to forget the run up to the 25th!
I know everyone is busy preparing but she looks on her ladies and gentlemen as her extended family and will not stop until she is satisfied that every individual is made to feel very special….this cannot happen without the tremendous support of the staff.

Once again Marmalade and her family and friends are coming along to decorate Valerie Manor which always turns out to be a fun time with everyone enjoying watching it all happen and feeling very involved…thank you again for you and your family and friends time Marmalade.

Back to November….a beautiful Remembrance Service was given by Henfield Guides…Alan was dashing about lighting fireworks while we were all snug and warm inside. Skittles was a favourite once again as were the wonderful talks given by Gemma. On Thanksgiving there were decorations, a Quiz and of course Roast Turkey ! St. Andrew’s Day found more decorations and another Quiz.

I know I talk about the staff a lot but again another lovely little story… evening I returned late to sort the flowers. Supper was over and staff were busy helping everyone. One lovely lady was a bit sad and did not want to be on her own. Up pops one of the laundry girls who was waiting for the washing machine to finish (it had broken down earlier in the day and she returned to catch up !) and offered to sit with the lovely lady so that she was not on her own. Again this was where staff go that extra mile…she is not a Carer and could have quite easily have popped off to have a cup of tea but no she gave her time to the lady instead… lovely and special !

Hopefully see you at the Valerie Manor Christmas Family day.


Santa Dash!

What fun we had even in the rain! I enjoyed the 3km Santa Dash for St Barnabas Hospice along with Alan, Linda, Ruth, Yvonne and Alan’s sister Amanda and his nephew Billy. We got very wet but it was worth it to see all the Santa’s running for such a good cause and the kind volunteers helping out and encouraging along the way as well as enjoying the carol singers around Littlehampton pond.

We are now very much looking forward to wearing our Santa Suits for St Barnabas on Friday the 12th December and hope that a lot of the local business join us too!

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Christmas Preparations!

We do like our residents to get involved in our Christmas preparations and what a week we have had! At our monthly residents meeting we discussed the events planned and events that the residents would like us to plan for December – these will soon be published to allow friends and families to join us as well.

Our lovely volunteer Marmalade and Emma took a few of our residents out Christmas decoration shopping at a local garden centre (above) – so lovely to see our residents get involved and plan the decorations for their home – thank you to Marmalade for an enjoyable morning!

Our lovely Ruth who joins us every Tuesday last week set to work to make Pomanders with all of our residents – they are now drying out for us to enjoy over the festive period.

It makes me so happy to see the residents planning and working towards what they would like during the festive period and thank you to all our lovely staff and volunteers for making it so special.

BBC Children in Need

What a lovely enjoyable day we all had – staff wore Pudsey t-shirts, bandanas, head wear, wrist bands and lanyard’s and the Manor was decorated with Pudsey balloons and banners. Chris did a fantastic job baking Pudsey Bear cakes and cookies which were enjoyed by everyone during the afternoon.

We decided to make it a celebration as well after winning the Care Team of the Year the previous week and invited friends and families along as well as staff who thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.

We raised over £100 for BBC Children in Need 2014 and I am also very proud of my mum and sister who raised in excess of £1600 through a sponsored tap dance by Lets Dance Hassocks!