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Meet our Activities Coordinator, Hannah Mulholland

Hannah ensures a 24/7 planned programme of events every day, including evening and weekends, that are based on the residents' choices. 

Hannah goes above and beyond her duties to ensure that all residents at Harper Fields experience a fulfilled and content life. She is determined that every one of the residents should be able to enjoy an outing, regardless of their care needs.

Hannah is naturally bubbly and enthusiatic about her role and the difference she and her colleagues are making to residents' lives. As a result, she has created a 'Whole Team' approach at the home, leading to a culture where they celebrate life.

In 2016, Hannah was named the National Winner for Activities Coordinator of the Year at the Barchester Care Awards.

Activities at Harper Fields

There is always something to do here at Harper Fields and always someone to assist the residents in any activity they wish to take part in. We have entertainers come into the home to sing and play instruments on a weekly basis, as well as visits from PAT dogs, hairdressers, massage therapists and nail technicians to pamper those who live here. Residents' spiritual needs are taken into account at Harper Fields; we have regular services from the Catholic and Methodist church, in addition to the Church of England, and for our non-religious residents, we have a weekly calming and peaceful ‘mindfulness and meditation group,’ which is very popular, especially for those living with dementia. Residents often like to attend cinema evenings to watch their favourite films on the big screen (complete with sweets and popcorn), or develop new skills at our computer classes, where they can learn how to Skype their families in other countries. Our activities are tailored to suit the individual interests and capabilities of residents and our specialised equipment enables those we support to enjoy everything we have to offer.

Life at our home

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Debbie Miles Concert

Residents had a fabulous afternoon when Debbie Miles came along to perform at Harper Fields. They were up on their feet, singing along and none-stop dancing! Debbie sang songs from the '60s and '70s, much to the delight of residents. She even got them to wear silly hats and play some instruments, which was a great laugh.

Debbie is a regular performer at Harper Fields and a real firm favourite. We look forward to seeing her again in May!

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Cheltenham Races

As part of Nutrition and Hydration Week, we hosted a tea party – but with a twist! Conveniently, the Cheltenham Races were also during the same week, so we decided to live stream the races on a large screen and throw a giant tea party in our function room.

The room was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers, pearls, food and beverage menus, hats and racing memorabilia. The Head Chef put on a delicious display of Cheltenham Races-themed refreshments, including scones, jam & cream, finger sandwiches, freshly prepared pastries and even champagne!

The afternoon was a great success and was enjoyed by staff, residents and visitors alike.

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Off to the Pub

Each month at Harper Fields, we host a gentlemen’s club, where the male residents can come along, have a pint, some fish & chips and watch an old football match together! This month, we decided to head off to the pub instead; not any pub, but the ‘Massey Ferguson Social Club,’ where both Bob & Alf worked in their younger years. They spent the afternoon chatting with the local community and reminiscing about old times.

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Pancake Day

We had so much fun on Shrove Tuesday! Residents enjoyed some naughty treats, including chocolate chips, colourful sprinkles and chocolate spread on their pancakes – and still managed to wipe their plates clean!

Some of the ladies had a go at flipping their very own pancakes, which caused some laughs, especially when some of them fell flat on the floor.

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Drinks with the Chef

Twice a month on Friday, over lunch, residents look forward to drinks with the chef. Barry comes round with a trolley full of bottles of their favourite tipples, which includes sherry, a selection of wines, ale and lager. Barry gets to enjoy a dash of Baileys too, which the residents love, as they chat about their day and what’s been going on throughout the month.

At Harper Fields, we believe it’s important for the chef to have time out from the kitchen to enjoy the residents' company.

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Libby Service – Through the Years

Residents love reminiscing about ‘old times’ – it’s a great way to get them to interact together on their units.

Libby Service is a regular entertainer at Harper Fields who specialises in old time memorabilia, which  she calls ‘Through the Years’. She came along to see the ladies in Kempton and talk about the 1930s. The ladies spent a whole hour chatting about jobs, advertising, food, music and much more from the era!

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