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Vil­lages and Hamp­ton

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk@et­stephenb

THE Mediter­ranean has been bought to a Hamp­ton care home with res­i­dents able to set sail on a vir­tual cruise.

The res­i­dents at Aviary Care Home in Chaffinch Lane, Hamp­ton Vale have cast off on their spring hol­i­days as staff have redesigned the home to look like a cruise ship.

With casi­nos, Euro­pean-themed menus and tra­di­tional deck games, res­i­dents have been able to get in the full spirit of the hol­i­day - with only the Mediter­ranean weather miss­ing from their break.

The res­i­dents will be on the vir­tual cruise for the month lead­ing up to the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee.

Linda Mcmur­ray, re­cre­ation and leisure man­ager at the home, said: “The res­i­dents are not able to get out for a hol­i­day, so we bought the hol­i­day to them.

“We have named the boat the Avri­anic, and we ‘set sail’ from Southamp­ton yes­ter­day. We will be ‘sail­ing’ through France, Spain, Italy and Greece, and ar­rive back just in time for the ju­bilee party.

“We have dressed a man­nequin up as a cap­tain in the re­cep­tion, and we even have a shark on one of the bal- conies, to rep­re­sent shark in­fested wa­ters.

“This week we are in France, and the res­i­dents have been learn­ing a bit of French and try­ing some French food.

“We have also held a few quizzes, put on a num­ber of cock­tail par­ties and en­joyed some French wine.

“It is a shame the weather has not been so nice, as we have a few tra­di­tional deck games lined up as well.

“Ev­ery­one has re­ally been get­ting into the spirit of the event, and ev­ery­one seems to be en­joy­ing what has been go­ing on.

“If ev­ery­one has a smile on my face, then I know I have done my job well.”

Sail­ing: Aviary Care Home res­i­dent Rose Bowd with deputy man­ager Max­ine Phillips, man­ager Jenny Dawkins, and re­cre­ation or­gan­is­ers Beata Peka­jova and Linda Mcmur­ray on the home’s vir­tual cruise

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