Nursing home fun day fundraiser
GLAN Rhos Nursing Home, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, opened its doors to invite families, friends and neighbours to a Family Fun Day last Saturday.
Approximately 200 visitors enjoyed stalls, singing, face painting and arts and crafts with the 54 residents and 65 staff.
Sarah Thomas, a Care Assistant at Glan Rhos had decided to ‘Brave the Shave’ for the Macmillan Charity. Sarah said she felt “everyone’s lives are affected by cancer” and was inspired by the Macmillan adverts to “do something wacky to raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”
Residents, staff, families and friends cheered Sarah on.
The event was also held to raise money for Glan Rhos Residents Fund, for organising activities, entertainments, outings and treats for residents. Eleanor Thomas, a resident, said: “It has been a good day for everybody as we have all enjoyed ourselves,” and Ann Rowlands added: “It has been very good to get the youngsters and the elderly mixing together and an exceptionally good cause.”
Helen Ombler-Williams, one of the directors of Glan Rhos, said it was “lovely to see so many faces and people supporting the event”. Helen made a huge array of cakes to sell to help raise money for the fund, and there was a raffle of fantastic prizes donated by local businesses, friends and families of Glan Rhos.
Photographer Richard Hughes displayed and sold a selection of his beautiful local photography and recorded the day, Hufen y Gogledd ice cream van attended and served delicious ice creams and Mickey Mouse was one of the very special attendees. Newly-appointed Activity Coordinator Wendy Rogers made painted bunting with residents and said: “The turnout has been fantastic, everyone has come along to support Glan Rhos and Sarah ‘Braving the Shave’ today and we have had a lot of fun together. It has been so enjoyable to be a part of this and it does feel as if I have joined a huge family.”
Singer Sioned Roberts, a regular visitor and favourite amongst the residents entertained with songs old and new in Welsh and English, onlookers joined in with singing and dancing. Glan Rhos Nursing Home and its staff and residents thanked everyone who went along and made it a day to remember.
■ Sarah Thomas, a care assistant at Glan Rhos Nursing Home, who decided to ‘Brave the Shave’ for Macmillan. Inset, bunting at Glan Rhos