A flower festival, International Nurses Day and missed birthday parties for Salisbury ResidentsMay has marked three very special occasions at Harnham Croft residential and nursing care home, in Salisbury, including the local Salisbury Cathedral Flower Festival, International Nurses Day and a missed birthday celebration for all Residents at the home. 

Due to delays for two years because of the pandemic, Salisbury Cathedral was delighted to open its doors to welcome everyone to the annual Flower Festival. 

This year’s festival was to celebrate keyworkers by creating a rainbow arch made from fresh flowers, whilst also celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with a replica of the Queen’s coronation robe, made from purple pampas grass, gilded dry foliage and ferns. To celebrate 800 years of history at Salisbury Cathedral, 9 Residents were invited to go to the flower festival to see the work of 450 flower arrangers, using 30,000 blooms!

John, Joyce, Eileen, Pat, Gillian, Lilian, Joan, Audrey and Linda were accompanied by Colleagues Jenna, Kelly, Tracey, Paula, Erin, Nicky, Emily and Alison to enjoy the displays. 

Care Asistant, Emily commented, “It was really nice to see our Residents’ appreciation of the hard work put in on each flower display.”

Joyce, who is a Resident, said, “I used to visit Salisbury Cathedral regularly with my husband. Then we had four children and I was very busy that I wasn’t able to visit anymore. So, it’s been lovely to visit again.”

Deputy Manager, Tracey Morris remarked, “It was lovely to get use out of the home’s minibus and to see the faces of our Residents looking at the flowers. It was just amazing!”

12th May marked a notable event in the health and social care sector with International Nurses Day. And to mark the occasion, Harnham Croft expressed a huge ‘Thank you’ to their nurses with a card and gifts. The token of appreciation was to thank the nurses for their  incredible hard work and maintaining this high standard, even throughout the most challenging times during the pandemic. 

The day was full of celebrations and the homes nurses, Clare Brown, Tracey Morris, Gina Zolcan, Kinga Zyzak, Ula Lindsay, Itu Monethi, Sijo Biju, Seethal Keith and Sabitri Gaire, were very grateful.

Tracey added, “What a wonderful team of nurses we have at Harnham Croft, thank you very much for the hard work you do for the home.”

Another very special event was held on 17th May at Harnham Croft to mark any missed birthdays due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

A big party was thrown at the home for Residents who had missed celebrating their birthdays over the recent year. The party consisted of an afternoon of karaoke singing, tea, birthday cake and lots of dancing and socialising. 

Each Resident had a birthday cake to celebrate, and everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ together. Some Residents chose to have a glass of wine or beer too. 

Wellbeing Coordinator, Jenna said, “Our Residents had a fun-filled afternoon of singing and dancing alone to their favourite songs. Followed by amazingly delicious birthday cakes. Thank you to our kitchen team for the amazing cakes!”

Gillian, who lives at Harnham Croft, commented, “It is lovely to be ready for the warm, sunny weather and to be able to socialise more with others. What a brilliant idea to celebrate the missed birthdays!”