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Peggy, 94, signs Barchester flag

23rd January 2007

A resident at a care home in Kidderminster is the latest to sign the Barchester care flag which is making its way round the country.

The Barchester flag is traditionally signed by the oldest resident in each Barchester care home in the UK.

However, the oldest Hollyfields resident declined to have his picture taken, so 94-year-old Peggy Shutt was glad to put pen to flag and stand in for the unnamed gentleman.

"There's a new Barchester flag being designed and part of the promotion was to visit every home and try to get the oldest resident from each home to sign the flag," a Hollyfields spokesman told the Kidderminster Chronicle.

So far, the flag, which boasts a combined age of around 3,160, has raised over £1,500 for the Barchester Foundation.

Hollyfields residents were treated to a Santa's grotto party this Christmas where Santa, played by John Cash, and his elves helped give out presents.

"For those residents that were unable to manage to get to the grotto, Santa went to them," said the home's manager Jane Pye.

"We have had loads of letters of thanks and congratulations for a wonderful day and I wish to thank all staff involved. With special thanks to Mr Cash."