Elderly at Harold Hill care home helped by festive fun

PUBLISHED: 15:34 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 15:44 22 December 2014

Residents and choristers at Romford Nursing Care Centre (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Residents and choristers at Romford Nursing Care Centre (photo: Arnaud Stephenson)


Young and old turned out for a morning of carols and memories at a Harold Hill care home today.

(photo: Arnaud Stephenson)(photo: Arnaud Stephenson)

Residents joined the choir from nearby St George’s Church for choruses of Silent Night, Away in a Manger and Once in Royal David’s City, among much else.

Organiser Debbie Parsons said the event was partly a memorial to lost loved ones, with attendees attaching messages to a special memory tree at Romford Nursing Care Centre.

The 52-year-old activity co-ordinator added residents said the morning went “really well” and “sang their hearts out”.

The Neave Crescent home has many residents who suffer from dementia and memory issues.

Project manager Sarah Dean said carols at the centre served a practical purpose as well as festive one. “Music is a great tool because everyone can remember it,” she said.

“We use it a lot at the home, especially with those with dementia.”

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