South East care group returns to the UK following six-month virtual cruise

Woodstock Residential Care Centre resident Rose Jordan, 86, makes the most of on-site ice cream van for residents and staff to enjoy

Residents at a South East care group have reached UK shores following a six-month virtual cruise around the world.

All 13 of Nellsar’s care homes across Kent, Surrey and Essex embarked on the voyage to help boost the physical and mental wellbeing of both residents and staff. And as the journey reached its conclusion, the homes held a British summer party in celebration (pictured).

Dubbed ‘Around the World with Nellsar Cruises’, the virtual ship docked at a different country each month, with destinations including China, India, Spain, Italy, France and the Caribbean.

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Viv Stead, recreation and Well-Being Manager at Nellsar, said: “Our residents and staff could not have envisaged a better way to escape the past 18 months and explore far-flung destinations. Let’s face it, we’ve all been through a really difficult time, so we made it our mission to ensure 2021 was filled with sunshine and adventures to last a lifetime. The best part about the virtual cruise was that every destination brought something different – whether it was Hong Kong, Italy or the Caribbean, there was something for everyone.”

She added: “Our residents built up quite the collection of postcards and photographs from their travels, which was a great way to help them reminisce. Also, with so many residents being well-travelled, the virtual cruise provided the perfect format for them to relive some of those globetrotting adventures, from the comfort of their own armchairs.”

Following the success of the cruise, Nellsar is planning to launch a virtual staycation camping adventure in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

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