Visits by choirs and entertainers to Spring Lodge care home were not possible this Christmas because of the need to protect residents from Covid.
However, staff at the Kingsley Healthcare home in Woolverstone, near Ipswich, conjured up plenty of seasonal magic themselves by enacting a nativity play.
Activities coordinator Aimee Davey was the narrator, home manager Jose Simoes took the role of Joseph and support worker Hannah Driver played Mary. Further staff were drafted in as kings and shepherds.
Ms Davey said: “We could not have the normal entertainment this Christmas but we wanted to do something to brighten the end of a very difficult year.”
She said the idea came about after support worker George Casper built a magnificent crib in the conservatory, working on it in his own time.
“We decided to run with the idea of a nativity play and I found the script for a light-hearted version with rhyming and songs. We included some carols as well,” she said.
The event was enjoyed so much by residents that they were now planning regular shows throughout the year.
“We have a residents’ choir, The Spring Chickens, and we want to put on a musical show in the early part of next year,” she added.
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