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May Day sees residents spring to their feet for a dance

BySam Schofield

May 15, 2019 #Events, #health

DANCING care home residents celebrated traditional spring festival May Day with a pub party.

Residents from Teesside’s Mandale House Care Home and Ingleby Care Home visited The Roundel, on Mitchell Ave, Thornaby, for the event.

Live entertainment from singer Karen Kennedy got them on their feet and dancing – even those who usually struggle with mobility.

Resident Jean Whenray, who uses a wheelchair as she has difficulty walking, was one of those who wanted to get involved.

She was helped to her feet by Mandale House Care Home activities coordinators Tracy Wilson and Sarah Robinson so should could dance to the music.

Alongside the performance, residents, family members and staff enjoyed a two-course lunch of fish and chips, followed by apple pie, as well as a raffle and bingo.

Gladys Green, Florence Linton and Stephen York, from Ingleby Care Home, on Lamb Lane, Ingleby Barwick, won a bottle of Jack Daniels, a chocolate cake and Easter egg.

Resident Brenda Turner, from Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, Thornaby, won a box of homemade chocolates.

Activities coordinator Tracy said: “It was great to see everyone having a wonderful time. I had tears in my eyes when Jean wanted to get up and dance.

“Karen was wonderful with everyone and really inspired them to get up and dance.”

Kirsty Walsh, activities coordinator at Ingleby Care Home, added: “It was great for residents from different homes to socialise and build new friendships.”

Debbie Lackenby, from The Roundel Pub, said: “We’re delighted that residents from Ingleby and Mandale care homes enjoyed the afternoon.

“It’s great to get the community together and see them kicking up their heels and having a great time.

“We are going to be holding seniors afternoons on the 1st Wednesday of the month and are looking forward to seeing the residents again.”