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30th Jun, 2022

Care home hold 'Glastonmead' party ahead of iconic festivals 50th birthday

Ryan Smith 26th May, 2022 Updated: 28th May, 2022

WESTMEAD Residential Care Home in Droitwich held its very own ‘Glastonmead’ festival to give residents a taste of live music ahead of Glastonbury’s upcoming 50th Anniversary.

Midlands Glam Rock Duo ‘Glam Sparrow’ took to the ‘Pyramid’ stage to perform hits from iconic artists including the Beatles and Doris Day.

The care home staff created a temporary tattoo parlour where residents could get ‘inked up’.

The home was decked out in colourful bunting, bubbles, and flags to create a proper festival atmosphere.

A member of the catering team, Mark Jankowski played the harmonica to get the festival crowd warmed up.

Loved ones were invited to join the residents in the sunshine where they enjoyed a sing and dance together.

Studies show that listening to music helps people living with dementia express feelings and evokes memories.

Brenda Rastall, a resident at Westmead which is operated by Sanctuary Care, said the festival was so much fun, especially when they sang ‘Welcome to My World’.

Activities co-ordinator Kate Lockwood added: “While moving into our homes is a new chapter, old pastimes remain incredibly important and make our residents who they truly are.

“Ensuring that they can continue to experience the passions they enjoyed when they were younger through our events and activities is just one example of how we enrich lives in our homes.

“Glastonmead festival was particularly special as many of our residents are older people living with dementia. It was magical to see the joy and happiness that live music, a song and dance can bring.”

Visit sanctuary-care.co.uk for more on Sanctuary Care, which is a not-for-profit organisation.

 

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