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Our celebrations for Frontline Workers Day made TV news

The hard work, resilience and often heroic efforts of our support worker and frontline colleagues throughout the company during the pandemic were celebrated at 78 garden parties on Monday 5 July 2021.

Frontline Workers’ Day was held for the first time this year as a tribute to the date the NHS was established 73 years prior and to all those who have worked so tirelessly on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic. National celebrations included a raising of the flag, two-minute silence, a national toast and national clap.

We proudly went a step further by coordinating themed ‘Big Garden Parties’ across 78 of our services. Activities included a ’Big Garden Party Bake-Off' competition, which had a love heart theme to reflect the tone of the day, and a toast to the workforce broadcast live over Facebook by Chief Operations Officer, Karen Lewis.

Services who held an event were sent a National Care Group Big Garden Party pack bursting with bunting, balloons, cups and plates to decorate and enhance their celebrations.

At Abbeyvale Care Centre in Hartlepool the people we support were involved in creating teddy bears made from old blankets. Registered manager Julie Shields organised a ‘teddy bear factory production line’ prior to the party and the bears were then raffled off at their celebration to raise money for charity.

Meanwhile at Regent College in Stoke on Trent more than 100 guests joined in the celebrations which included a thank you tribute and dance by learners for frontline workers and at Bewdley Grange, Endurance Care, registered manager Kelly Smith booked an ice cream van for party guests.

Karen Lewis was at Bewdley Grange and was interviewed by ITV West Midlands which made the lunchtime, dinner time and evening news bulletins. Here’s the feature proudly showcasing the garden at Bewdley Grange getting ready to party!

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