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Ready, set, draw – Epsom care home residents take part in worldwide art festival

November 24th 2020

Residents at a care home in Epsom picked up their pencils and went back to the drawing board for The Big Draw Festival 2020.

Care UK’s Appleby House, on Longmead Road, celebrated all things arty by teaming up with pupils at Epsom Primary School to create a climate change themed piece of artwork.

Sheila Aperghis (L) and Brenda Keenan (R) residents at Care UK's Appleby House celebrated the Big DrawPupils worked on half of the artwork, showing a colourful world not affected by pollution, and residents worked on the other half showing what the world could look like if climate change continues to impact the planet at the same rate. The team at Appleby House then pieced the two halves together in order to create the entire picture. Residents and pupils enjoyed learning about and discussing climate change in order to create the artwork.

The residents at Appleby House also teamed up with residents at another care home, Pear Tree Court in Horndean, for a joint, virtual art session on Zoom. The residents chatted about nature in their local areas, and used these conversations as inspiration for doodling and drawing.

Launched in 2000 as part of the ‘Campaign for Drawing’, the month-long Big Draw Festival promotes drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention, and has encouraged over four million people to get arty since its inception. ‘A Climate of Change’, this year’s theme, focuses on the relationship between people and their environment, and offers a great opportunity for older people to reminisce about their favourite nature spots, as well as trips in youngers years to the great outdoors, and how our focus looking after our planet has changed in recent years. 

Shona Bradbury, Home Manager at Appleby House, said: “The Big Draw was a huge success, and we were delighted to be able to partner with Epsom Primary School for this year’s celebrations.

“Although current circumstances mean we were unable to welcome the youngsters to Appleby House, we wanted to connect with local pupils through the medium of art and do something positive, and The Big Draw offered the perfect chance for us to do just that. It was also fantastic to partner with our new friends at Pear Tree Court, we’re all looking forward to catching up with them again soon.

“We’ll be showcasing our new artwork in the home and on social media for the people of Epsom to see.”

After a successful participation in the Big Draw Festival last year, Care UK renewed its partnership in 2020, becoming the main health and social care partner and leading the way in changing perceptions of life in a care home by promoting activity-based care and encouraging other care homes to follow suit. Across the country, more than 70 homes have been getting arty and working with their local communities virtually to create works of art around the theme ‘A Climate of Change’.

Appleby House has been designed to provide residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, as well as respite, and end of life care.

To find out more about Appleby House please call please call 0333 4343 002 or email Home Manager, Shona Bradbury, at

To find out more about Care UK’s partnership with the Big Draw, and for more top tips on how you and your loved ones can get involved at home, visit

To find out more about the Big Draw festival, please go to

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