Rose Lodge Care Home, on Carers Way in Newton Aycliffe, opened their doors to locals to join them for a High Tea and prosecco afternoon as part of a nationwide initiative aimed at building relationships between care homes and the people in their local area. The afternoon began with a drinks reception before guests were treated to afternoon tea for two featuring a stunning selection of sandwiches, cakes and baked goods.

The event was held on National Care Home Open Day, a nationwide initiative which provides an opportunity for the UK’s care homes take centre stage and invite members of their local community into the home for a host of entertainment and activities. The aim is to enrich the lives of residents, build links with the local community and offer a chance for local people to mingle with residents and staff. Rose Lodge combined their open day with The Eden Project’s The Big Lunch neighbourhood get-together, which aims to get as many people as possible across the UK have lunch with their neighbours annually in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

It was double celebrations for the home which is also up for ‘Home of the Year’ award in the MMCG & Countrywide Care Awards next week on Thursday 22nd June. Rose Lodge Home Manager Nicola Wheatley, Said: “We’ve had an amazing time at our High Tea and prosecco afternoon. Our team here really pushed the boat out to create a memorable day for residents and guests. Everyone has said that they thoroughly enjoyed themselves which is what The Big Lunch and National Care Home Open Day is really all about.”