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Haverhill care home residents served up festive treats

Cangle Foyer resident rep Hazel Webb (centre) during their visit to  the Meadows Care Home

Cangle Foyer resident rep Hazel Webb (centre) during their visit to the Meadows Care Home

 

Some Christmas cheer was shared by two different generations when residents of a Haverhill care home were served some festive treats by staff and residents of the town’s Cangle Foyer.

The altruistic gesture by the group saw them bake mince pies and sausage rolls at the Cangle before taking them to Meadows Care Home in Brybank Road a few days before Christmas.

The Cangle residents took on the task as part of one of their regular Tuesday training days, in which those who are seeking work undertake aim to improve their one-to-one skills, team working and ability to manage money.

The gesture came about thanks to a suggestion by the Cangle project assistant, Belinda Russell and volunteer Susannah Johns.

The Cangle, which provides supported accommodation for 16 to 25-year-olds and helps them achieve independence, residents also sang Christmas carols during their visit, one which proved to be an education, according to Cangle resident rep, Hazel Webb.

She said: “I felt this trip has opened the eyes of so many residents at the Cangle on how many people are alone at Christmas time.

“Realising how much a small idea can bring so much joy to someone’s face has given me and many others the feel good factor.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at the Meadows Care Home for giving us the opportunity to let us into their home and show we care.

“2014 is not here yet but all I can say is hold on to your chairs as residents of the Cangle will have so many more new things to give back to the community, giving us a chance for us to be noticed in a more positive light.”

It was the first time that the Cangle has worked with the Meadows in such a way and it proved a success.

Meadows administrator, Debbie Gray, said: “If they wanted to do it again this time next year then yes. It all went very well.”

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