Mills Meadow, Framlingham, welcomed residents and carers from 11 Care UK homes across the country to take part in several traditional sports day challenges in a bid to be crowned the winning home.
Teams were also joined by representative from Suffolk County Council and everyone took part in a World Cup style penalty shootout.
Marie Reeve, home manager at Mills Meadows, said: “The sports day is always a highlight for residents and care teams alike, and we were delighted to host this fantastic event once again.” A sack race, three-legged race and an egg and spoon race were among the events that took place on the day – with the finale being a tug of war.
“We are fortunate to be part of a strong care home community here in Suffolk and days like today are a brilliant opportunity to bring everyone together for a day of fun, laughter and to celebrate the year’s achievements,” said Ms Reeve. Residents were treated to a barbeque prepared by the home’s chefs, and later the homes took part in an Olympic style awards ceremony to crown the winners – Hartismere Place, Eye.
Glastonbury Court’s home manager, Sharlene Van Tonder, who helped organise the event, said: “The annual sports day is always a highlight for us, as not only is it a fun opportunity to compete in light hearted games and events, but it also provides both physical and mental benefits for residents. “It offers a valuable opportunity to bring older people in the area together, increase social interaction and reduce feelings of loneliness.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the Care UK homes for taking part, and to everyone at Mills Meadow for letting us host the event at their home – we’re already looking forward to next year.”