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Spirit of Christmas

At Springfield Healthcare, we love to engage with our local communities and our teams recently showcased the amazing work that they did during the festive period. Our ‘Spirit of Christmas’ award is presented to the teams who demonstrated our Springfield family ethos through their contributions to the local community this Christmas.

Springfield Healthcare CEO and Founder, Graeme Lee, said “Firstly I’d like to say a big thank you to everybody who took part in the Spirit of Christmas event. I know that the festive season is a busy time for you all so the extra effort involved is really appreciated.  For me it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the heart at the centre of Springfield, and demonstrate just how important community is to us as a business, and some of you did that wonderfully. So, I am delighted to announce the winners, runners up, and for the first time a special commendation, for the 2023 challenge… your prizes are winging their way to you.”

Home Care winner – Hull team.

They impressed me with their sense of fun and the range events they organised, from chaos with Sprinklefield the naughty elf to Christmas jumper day, and a fantastic party with singing from local school children, they made sure staff and customers alike could enjoy some festive fun. And special mention to office admin Sue, who even dressed up as an inflatable Christmas tree, that made me laugh.

They also showed care for the local community and demonstrated an understanding that Christmas isn’t easy for everyone, by gathering a great number of gifts for mission Christmas cash for kids, and six massive hampers for local families struggling to put food on the table. The team also made sure every single customer had a present, beautifully wrapped, to open on the big day. Team Hull also worked with the local primary school, who made handmade personalised cards all the customers. The team stood out for the amount of interaction with the wider community and this makes them my winner.

2nd place for Home Care – Leeds Team.

The team ‘recruited’ a real-life little elf-helper, to deliver festive treats to customers, organised a Christmas jumper day and raffle to raise funds for charity, and truly embraced seasonal fancy dress across the team! One of the team members even yarn bombed her local community with a beautiful knitted nativity scene. They went the extra mile to make Christmas special for their customers, community and staff and are my  well deserved runner up.

Care Villages Winner – Seacroft Grange.

The Home team really impressed me with their programme of events across December, lots in conjunction with the community: the local church, primary school, entertainers and staff’s children. Residents made cards for the pupils and received beautiful handmade gifts back. Residents also made Christingle oranges and learned about what they represent, alpacas adorned with antlers and tinsel visited, and a Christmas flower arranging session was a great success, with arrangements decorating the home afterwards. There was also a party, seasonal sing alongs, Christmas bingo, fancy dress karaoke and a silent disco! The home also supported residents in writing cards for their loved ones, which generated some lovely feedback. Really wonderful work.

 They also went all out with festive decorations including life-size Santa, outdoor Christmas tree and a balloon arch. Residents were invited to join the Christmas choir, and after lots of rehearsals, The Merryatrics visited communities across the home delivering edible treats and singing on their way.

The Seacroft Grange team really embodied the Spirit of Christmas, joy, celebration, supporting others and going the extra mile. Very well done!

2nd place for Care Villages – Garforth

I thought the Care Home team showed great community spirit by building a link with the local secondary school. The children helped plan an afternoon tea, with bingo and live music staff and residents had a great time. The Garforth team also invited relatives’ loved ones to help foster festive time spent together. Everyone enjoyed the event and great links were established. Following the tea party the pupils delivered handmade cards for residents and hope to come and visit the Care Home in the new year. Strong, multi-generational, community relationships like this are what Springfield us all about. A great runner up.

Care Villages Commendation

I would like to give a special mention to the team at Chapter House, who really understood my Spirit of Christmas brief. Working in partnership with the Beverley Minster team they have opened their doors to the cold, hungry and lonely to join them any time over Christmas and the winter months for hot soup and a slice of cake, and mulled wine was available in December. Such a heart warming idea and the sort of thing that I want to see more of across the group, this really represents my vision for Springfield coming alive. Well done to the team.

Once again, thank you to all who took part in spreading festive cheer and helped to make Christmas a little more special for many within their local communities.

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