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Foxbridge House hits the books for World Read Aloud Day

February 13th 2017

Foxbridge House is inviting the local community to attend an exclusive screening of a short film to celebrate World Read Aloud Day.

On Thursday 16th February, the team at Foxbridge House will open its doors from 2pm for the free screening featuring an international story teller, as well as an interactive reading session.

The film will feature the Storyteller Laureate, Taffy Thomas MBE, performing a story and providing tips and advice for reading aloud. 

World Read Aloud Day is an annual event which celebrates the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories, and it is celebrated by millions of people in more than 100 countries.

Care UK has teamed up with the patron of The Society for Storytelling to promote the therapeutic benefits of reading aloud to older people. Taffy is currently the most experienced English storyteller in the country, having performed globally with a repertoire of more than 300 stories.

Home manager, Carol McCormack, explained why Foxbridge House is taking part in World Read Aloud Day: “Reading aloud has many therapeutic benefits for older people. It is calming for those living with dementia, helpful for those with failing eyesight, and soothing for those unable to communicate. It is also an enjoyable activity that family and friends can do with their loved one when paying them a visit. 

“The film really brings to life the benefits of reading aloud. Taffy is an incredibly expressive storyteller, and he really transports listeners to the fictional worlds in his stories. We hope that people in Orpington will join us for a delightful afternoon of storytelling and opportunity to discuss favourite books and classic literature.”

Taffy Thomas MBE, Storyteller Laureate and patron of The Society for Storytelling, said: “I’m thrilled to be supporting Care UK with this brilliant initiative to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. I want to help encourage the community in Orpington to share the benefits of storytelling and embrace the power of reading aloud, as no matter what their age or ability, this is an activity for all.

“I hope local people will join the team and residents at Foxbridge House for this special day.”

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At Foxbridge House, our team of activity coordinators ensure that there’s never a dull moment for our residents. We have weekly activities including quizzes, pamper days, singalongs and craft sessions, some of which are even run by our residents. Our catering team is led by a fantastic head chef who will tailor menus to suit our residents’ preferences, and can always rustle up a snack if they’re hungry in between meals too. All of our rooms come with en-suite facilities, a flat screen TV, and a nurse call system. Although they come fully furnished, residents can also bring their own items, enabling them to feel at home in their new surroundings.

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