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Horsin’ around – Thorrington care home hosts its own Grand National

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Would-be racegoers at a Thorrington care home weren’t disappointed fur-long when the home hosted its very own Grand National.

Residents at Care UK’s Silversprings, on Tenpenny Hill, enjoyed their very own Ladies Day, complete with extravagant fascinators, a prosecco filled afternoon tea, and a surprise visit from some friendly neigh-bours.

Horsin’ around – Thorrington care home hosts its own Grand NationalCustomer Relations Manager, Lisa O’Sullivan (pictured) helped Herbie and Alfie, miniature ponies from her local stables, trot in to the garden to meet residents, and add some real excitement to the celebrations. The unusual visitors help to boost wellbeing by offering a sensory experience and prompt for conversation in older people.

Joanne Rix, Home Manager at Silversprings, said: “We had a wonderful time hosting our own Grand National – especially as nobody was able to attend in person this year. Residents had a lovely time meeting Herbie and Alfie, and the celebrations brought some fun and joy into the home after a difficult year. 

“Here at Silversprings, we strive to support residents to lead active and fulfilling lives, and it was wonderful to see so many smiles on everyone’s faces over the weekend. From team members dressing up as jockeys, to residents enjoying a tipple, we had a fantastic time celebrating and are already planning our next Ladies Day at the home!”

Silversprings is a modern care home which provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. Designed to enable residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has a choice of lounges and dining rooms, facilities such as an activity room and hair salon, and plenty of outdoor space to sit and relax.

For more information on Silversprings, please call Customer Relations Manager, Lisa O’Sullivan, on 01206 809173, or email  

For more general information, please visit

Open to new residents

Tenpenny Hill, Thorrington, Essex, CO7 8JG


  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Day club

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