Entertainment for residents and visitors at Thetford care home’s open day

The 1st Thetford Guides man their stall at the Ford Place care home open day in Thetford.

The 1st Thetford Guides man their stall at the Ford Place care home open day in Thetford. - Credit: Archant

A care home in Thetford has opened its doors to show visitors the 'new life' it offers to residents.

Laura Price, home trainer, and Karen Adams, activities co-ordinator, man the sweet trolley at the Fo

Laura Price, home trainer, and Karen Adams, activities co-ordinator, man the sweet trolley at the Ford Place care home open day in Thetford. - Credit: Archant

Ford Place Care Home, in Ford Street, held an open day on Saturday with stalls and displays from martial artists and military reenactors.

The care home, owned by Barchester, organised the event to mark National Care Open Day, which took place this year on June 17.

Laura Price, home trainer at Ford Place, said: 'We're celebrating the national care home day with homes across the country.

'It is about getting people to realise that a care home is not just four walls. It is not a place for the end of life, it is the start of a new one.'

East Norfolk Militia gave a display at the Ford Place care home open day in Thetford.

East Norfolk Militia gave a display at the Ford Place care home open day in Thetford. - Credit: Archant


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Entertaining Ford Place's residents, families and other visitors were the East Norfolk Militia, who performed a demonstration in military uniform with 18th century muskets, and the Thetford Hapkido club, which gave a martial arts demonstration under the direction of club manager Kevin Sanford.

The 1st Thetford Guides had a cake stall and tombola in the home's garden, and were raising money towards a group trip to Hampshire in August.

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There was also a craft stall, a 'guess the weight of the cake' competition and a sweet cart which had been hired for the day, the proceeds of which will be donated to Meningitis UK.

Staff were manning the stalls and serving refreshments, with help from some residents.

Ms Price said the money raised at the open day would go to help purchase specialist wheelchairs for Ford Place residents, and to start a residents' fund to finance trips into the community.

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