Birchwood House- Winter wonderland

Birchwood House, the Tunbridge Wells-based care home will be going all out this year to make sure it’s a white and jolly Christmas for the residents. With a snow machine set to add a dusting of white to the beautiful House, staff are planning a festive event which is sure to bring joy to the residents after a difficult year.

With Christmas just around the corner, the team at Birchwood House have been doing all they can to keep things as normal as possible and keep spirits high by working hard behind the scenes to create a magical Christmas celebration for the residents.

On Wednesday 16th December, Birchwood House will be transformed into a winter extravaganza. The residents will be treated to a home-cooked Christmas buffet followed by gifts from Santa and his elf with thanks to Ian Hitchman, maintenance operative of the care home, who will be dressing up as Father Christmas. The residents will then be taken through to the ‘Winter Wonderland’ to enjoy all of the festivities on offer.

The conservatory at the care home will include a beautiful array of fairy lights, pretend snowballs and snowflakes. A lit up festive stag and a dusting of snow will be the backdrop to staff singing Christmas carols. There will also be a paper mache snowman. The entrance hall of the care home will also have a huge Christmas Tree on display.

In a normal year, Christmas at Birchwood would include family and carollers, but with Covid restrictions in place for most of the UK, this year is a little different.

But it doesn’t end there – the team at Birchwood will be extending the festivities throughout the run up to Christmas. Every team member will be dressing up in Christmas attire during the week to bring a sense of cheer to all.

Claire Tye, Birchwood House deputy manager, comments: “Christmas has always been a time where we focus on our families, being together enjoying the Christmas period.” Claire added “This year has been one like no other, and to bring it to a close, we wanted to do something special for the residents who won’t be able to spend the day with their loved ones. We are so excited to be able to sprinkle some joy and pretend snow at Birchwood House to bring smiles to all – including our fantastic team here”.