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Kent care home guarantees residents a white Christmas

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Birchwood House in Tunbridge Wells has gone the extra mile to guarantee its residents a white Christmas this year.

The Good-rated home, which provides elderly care for up to 38 residents, is being transformed into a Winter Wonderland thanks to a snow machine as part of its Christmas celebrations.

Claire Tye, Birchwood House deputy manager, said: “Christmas has always been a time where we focus on our families, being together enjoying the Christmas period.

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“This year has been one like no other, and to bring it to a close, we wanted to do something special for the residents who won’t be able to spend the day with their loved ones. We are so excited to be able to sprinkle some joy and pretend snow at Birchwood House to bring smiles to all – including our fantastic team here.”

Residents will be treated to a home-cooked Christmas buffet followed by gifts from Santa and his elf with thanks to Ian Hitchman, maintenance operative of the care home, who will be dressing up as Father Christmas. The residents will then be taken through to the ‘Winter Wonderland’ to enjoy all of the festivities on offer.

The conservatory at the care home will include a beautiful array of fairy lights, pretend snowballs and snowflakes. A lit up festive stag and a dusting of snow will be the backdrop to staff singing Christmas carols. There will also be a paper mache snowman. The entrance hall of the care home will also have a huge Christmas Tree on display.

But it doesn’t end there – the team at Birchwood will be extending the festivities throughout the run up to Christmas. Every team member will be dressing up in Christmas attire during the week to bring a sense of cheer to all.

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