Staff and residents enjoyed a sports day at Temple Grove care home at Herons Ghyll, between Uckfield and Crowborough, on Friday.
Staff lined up for traditional races, such as egg and spoon, sack, three-legged, wheelbarrow, skipping, and hula hoop, and were cheered on by residents.
One of the organisers, welfare co-ordinator Laura Wordsworth, said training had been going on during the week and everyone was so excited – and competitive – about the event it would have taken a deluge to call it off.
It did rain, and quite heavily at times, but the competitors barely noticed.
There are 90 members of staff at the care home and they split into six teams.
The Black and Whites were the night team; Pinks were the HAWKS (housekeeping, activities, welfare, kitchen, and “odds and sods”; Yellows were the Victoria Unit; Purples, Elizabeth Unit; Blues, Edward; Greens, George.
The victors were the night team.
Residents and their relatives entered into the spirit of the occasion. Mandi Holder, sister of Tom Lawrence, and Jacqueline Leach, his fiancé, wore purple to support the Elizabeth Unit.
Mandi said: “We have got to support them because they are so good. It is lovely here, everyone is wonderful.”
Michael Walker, who has lived at Temple Grove for a year, was in good spirits too and enjoying the fun. “It’s brilliant,” he said.
There were colourful characters everywhere you looked, and one of them was eight month old pug Gino, who belongs to Edward Unit team leader Sian Meehan. Gino has accompanied her to work since he was about nine weeks old.
“Everybody loves him, he is so good,” said Sian. “As soon as he came we saw a positive change in people and everyone in the unit helps me look after him.”
Sian, is studying for her Level 5 in care management and has chosen to write a research project on pet therapy because of the difference Gino has made to the lives of residents at Temple Grove.
The pug gets on well with other dogs, and with Benny, a cat belonging to one of the residents.
Alison Barnes, general manager at Temple Grove, said the sports day was a celebration of the excellent team looking after residents at the care home.
She added it was a great team building exercise too, and lots of fun for everybody, both competitors and spectators.
The trio of organisers – activity co-ordinators Anna Dengate and Yasmina Laamin and welfare co-ordinator Laura, mentioned above – said the sports day had gone so well they were sure it would become an annual event.