Dogs and ducks help win Breath of Fresh Air prize
The Old Vicarage care home in Leigh, Dorset has won the £3,000 first prize of this year’s Breath of Fresh Air competition run by the National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People (NAPA).
Natalie Adams, manager at the Old Vicarage said: ‘I am so exceptionally proud of my team. Absolutely everybody here has put something into all the activities we made happen for individuals and for groups.’
The home hatched duck eggs which led to a ‘nature watch’ theme that included visiting houses, a dog show and a quiz in the grounds. Coverage in the local press of their 1940s street part added to the excellent entry.
Denzil Goddard, one of the residents of the home, made a short speech at the Gala evening at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. He said he sometimes felt he was more a part of the staff team than a resident because he had become so involved in the life of the home, which says a great deal about the philosophy of the Old Vicarage.