Care UK homes go for gold at first county-wide sports day

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Ten care homes across Suffolk, plus Cavell Court care home in Norwich, have come together for a fun sports day inspired by the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.

The sports day, hosted at Mills Meadow care home in Framlingham, saw all 11 homes competing against each other in games such as the egg and spoon race, an obstacle course, a fancy dress race, welly throwing and a tug of war to win a special gold medal or trophy.

Residents at our participating homes prepared for the event by creating flags and team names and by sharing memories of their own childhood sports days.

Sharlene Van Tonder, home manager at Cleves Place in Haverhill who helped to organise the sports day, said: “It was a brilliant day and I’m so pleased that everyone enjoyed it. Over the past few weeks, residents have been helping to organise the event and have been looking forward to meeting residents from all the other Care UK homes in Suffolk. The sports day has had many benefits for residents, particularly those living with dementia, as it has encouraged them to keep active, make new friendships and reminisce about sports days when they were younger.”

The sports day was the first event where residents, relatives and colleagues have come together from all ten of our new care homes in Suffolk, which have been opening across the county over the past three years. Medals were given out to all participants, as well as trophies to the winners in each game. The day ended with a barbecue prepared by Mills Meadow chefs Andrew Wilcox and Terry Moughton, as well as Mildenhall Lodge chef Alan Cash who recently came third in the national Care Cook of the Year competition.

After the success of the day, it is hoped that different Suffolk homes will take it in turns to host the sports day each year as a new annual tradition.

Marie Reeve, home manager at Mills Meadow who hosted the event, said: “We were delighted to be the first home to host the annual sports day. We’re part of a strong care home community in Suffolk and it was fantastic to see residents and colleagues making new friendships and sharing in a day of laughter and fun together.”

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76 Aster Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP2 0NR

Asterbury Place

Asterbury Place

CQC Rating: Outstanding
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  • Dementia care
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  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club
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Love Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2NY

Britten Court

Britten Court

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  • Nursing dementia care
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  • Day club
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Bittern Crescent, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5XG

Cedrus House

Cedrus House

CQC Rating: Good
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  • Dementia care
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  • Nursing dementia care
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  • Day club
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Millfields Way, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 0JB

Cleves Place

Cleves Place

CQC Rating: Outstanding
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
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  • Day club
  • Nursing dementia care
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Shakers Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7BN

Davers Court

Davers Court

CQC Rating: Outstanding
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  • Dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
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Glastonbury Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2EX

Glastonbury Court

Glastonbury Court

CQC Rating: Outstanding
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  • Nursing dementia care
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  • Day club
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Castleton Way, Eye, Suffolk, IP23 7DD

Hartismere Place

Hartismere Place

CQC Rating: Outstanding
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  • Dementia care
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  • End of life care
  • Day club
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  • Nursing dementia care
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St John’s Close, Mildenhall, Suffolk, IP28 7NX

Mildenhall Lodge

Mildenhall Lodge

CQC Rating: Outstanding
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  • Dementia care
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  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club
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Fore Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9DF

Mills Meadow

Mills Meadow

CQC Rating: Outstanding
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  • End of life care
  • Day club
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
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102 Mansbrook Boulevard, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9GY

Prince George House

Prince George House

CQC Rating: Good
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