Festive outing for residents at Monmouth Court nursing home in Ipswich

Monmouth Court staff Irene Umbenhen (left) and Sally Elliss with resident Marlorie Parish at the te

Monmouth Court staff Irene Umbenhen (left) and Sally Elliss with resident Marlorie Parish at the tea in the St Lawrence Centre in Ipswich after christmas shopping in the town during a trip from Monmouth Court nursing home. Photograph Simon parker - Credit: Archant

Staff at an Ipswich nursing home treated their residents to a spot of festive shopping and afternoon tea.

Peggy Brett pulls a cracker with Sally Elliss at the tea St Lawrence Centre in Ipswich after christm

Peggy Brett pulls a cracker with Sally Elliss at the tea St Lawrence Centre in Ipswich after christmas shopping in the town during a trip from Monmouth Court nursing home. Photograph Simon parker - Credit: Archant

Senior activity organiser Sally Elliss arranged for ten residents from Monmouth Court nursing home to take a trip to the decorated town centre followed by a spread of festive treats at St Lawrence Church café in Dial Lane.

Miss Elliss said: “It’s really important for them to get out; sometimes they feel like the outside world doesn’t exist.

“It’s nice for them to realise the world still cares about people in care homes.”

She said one of the residents, Peggy Brett, had not been into town for five years.

Sally Elliss (centre) from Monmouth Court nursing home with the staff at the St Lawrence Centre, Man

Sally Elliss (centre) from Monmouth Court nursing home with the staff at the St Lawrence Centre, Mandy Mutch, Oliver Campbell and Tina Willingham who made tea for the residents during a shopping trip. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant


You may also want to watch:


“You can imagine her delight when she saw all the lights”, she added.

The church café kept their doors open just for the residents and laid them out a special display of tea, cakes, mince pies and sandwiches.

Harry and June Patten enjoy the tea St Lawrence Centre in Ipswich after christmas shopping in the to

Harry and June Patten enjoy the tea St Lawrence Centre in Ipswich after christmas shopping in the town during a trip from Monmouth Court nursing home. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter