On 19th September, Runwood Homes residents enjoyed a day of live music and entertainment, complete with slap-up meal, during their ‘A Day to Remember’ event in the grand marquee at Chelmsford City Racecourse.
The fun filled event, now in its second year, was attended by over 400 people from over 33 Runwood Homes Senior Living residential care homes. Organised by two of Runwood’s Home Managers, Leigh Anne Cowling of Broomhills in Rochford and Laura Glyde of Stafford Hall in Benfleet, the event aims to raise awareness of dementia and provide a fantastic day out for Runwood’s Essex and Hertfordshire-based residents, many who are living with dementia.
Julie Jive, Tracey Searle, The Quiet Man, and Chris Whitecroft performed on stage to the captivated crowd that got residents and the carers and loved ones on their feet dancing! Those seated waved their arms in the air to the music and everyone sang along. Carers provided a hearty meal and a raffle concluded the dementia friendly event. Proceeds from the raffle, in which Boots provided the prizes, are to be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society.
The event was attended by Essex County Council members including Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Yvonne Spence, who commented they were “absolutely grateful that they were invited and very much impressed with everyone’s contribution to make a difference”. Representatives from supplier Boots UK attended too and support was on hand from St Johns Ambulance.
Commenting on the day Kieun Kwon, Runwood Homes’ Associate Director of Dementia Services, said: “It was wonderful to see our residents enjoying themselves and experiencing a concert of this kind; organised entirely just for them.”