African drummer takes part in Waterside care home’s wellness day
African drummers, healthy food and fun activities were some of the highlights of a Peckham care home’s wellness day on Friday 16 August.
The residents from Anchor’s Waterside in Sumner Road enjoyed a range of activities aimed at improving health and also raised £50 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Manager Juliana Ahunanya said weeks of planning had gone into the event which is one of the highlights of their summer programme of activities for residents.
She said: “All the activities on the day improved our residents’ physical or mental wellbeing, whether it was a quick dance along with the African drummers or trying out our healthy food.
“Our residents had a fantastic time. The African drummer was a real hit, and we all enjoyed seeing 78-year-old Dorothy Campbell model in our fashion show as we tucked into healthy treats!”
“More people across Britain than ever before are living with dementia, and we know the importance of providing quality care and support to those living with the condition and their families. That’s why the Alzheimer’s Society was an obvious choice when we discussed which charity was going to benefit from our wellness fun day. They do a great job. We’re so pleased we raised £50 for them.”
Mathew Mcilree, 89, who has lived in Waterside for one year, said he was looking forward to singing and dancing at the fun day.
He said: “I am the only boy in my family and my family loves dancing, so I like dancing and enjoy singing. Other activities the staff organise for me which I like is going to the pub and tea club. I feel very happy living in Waterside.”
Fellow Waterside resident and grandfather Alfred Carty (pictured with Juliana and the drummers), 75, added he knew the fun day would live up to its name.
He said: “Waterside is a home from home. I say that because all I enjoyed at home, I am also enjoying at Waterside. I love gardening here as well as playing dominoes and watching cricket on television.”
For more information on Anchor’s Waterside, 0800 731 2020.