WATCH: Loved ones drive by Ashton care home to cheer up residents

Family and friends beeped their horns and played music as they drove past Clarkson House residential care home in Ashton in convoy. 

They wanted to spread some kindness and boost the morale of all the residents, who have been in lockdown since March. 

In preparation, residents and staff decorated the outside of the Currier Lane home, with balloons, bunting and a huge banner which read ‘We are safe, we love and miss you’. 

The residents then sat outside the home, whilst maintaining social distancing, waiting for a glimpse of their loved ones and waved as they slowly passed by at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon (May 13). 

It was an emotional occasion for all concerned and was safely arranged by the home’s deputy manager Nicola O’Donovan. 

Explaining how it was organised and how it went, Nicola said: “We wanted to do something lovely for our residents in a safe environment and adhering to social distancing. 

“We have done video calling and relatives coming to the window so the drive by was the closest we could get so all of our residents could see their families. 

“Unfortunately, Clarkson lost six very special residents in the last few weeks, which has had a great impact on staff and residents so we also were inspired to think of them. 

“It went amazingly and we had an amazing response - bigger than anticipated, with families, the community and the public all getting involved.  

“Later in the evening, our residents were still talking about what an amazing day it had been. One of our residents also celebrated her birthday on the day and she felt it was just for her which was very touching.”  

Nicola also wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who made the heartwarming event possible. 

She added: “Without the dedication of all the staff at Clarkson House, it wouldn’t have been possible. The biggest thank you goes out to the staff at Clarkson House - Karen, Dylan, Leanne, Claire, Lynn, Susan, Keelie and Amanda - as they are an amazing team to manage. 

“Also a very big thank you to our amazing support network at Tameside’s Quality Improvement team - Jane, Steph, Sam, Sharon - who continue to support care homes amazingly. 

“And of course, a huge thank you to our families for supporting us and the community around Currier Lane.” 

Images and video by Nigel Wood

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