On Thursday 14th February residents of Avonbourne Care Centre had a spectacular Valentine’s celebration.

Preparations for Valentine's Day began in earnest last week, where residents started hand making decorations to transform the Compass Café into a love-themed dance hall. They painted, glued, stuck and made hearts out of crinkle paper. They turned handprints into love bugs and talked about what was most precious to them in the world.

On the day, the ladies of Avonbourne Care Centre had a bit of a pamper morning, having their hair and nails done. Laughter filled the air as they talked about their husbands and gentlemen of the past. The men, on the other hand, took it a bit easier; having a bit of a shave and throwing on a bit of cologne while the rat pack played in the background.

As the day drew to a close and the night crept in, you could feel the anticipation in the air. Everyone gathered ready for what was set to be an enjoyable evening. They were met with mocktails at the door including ‘Faux-secco’, an alcohol-free Prosecco, Love potion punch and canapes. Musician, singer and tap dancer, Neil Patterson, provided the entertainment for the evening. Neil is a regular entertainer at Avonbourne and as with his previous performances, didn’t disappoint. He sang a number of swing tunes and showed off his tap dancing skills. Residents and staff hit the dance floor as the night went on and laughter and music filled the air through the night. Judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces as the dance ended, it was clear an amazing time had been enjoyed by all.

The team and residents at Avonbourne would like to send a big thank you to everyone who came along to make the night so special and look forward to welcoming them again to the home’s upcoming events in March.

If you’d like to get involved at Avonbourne to help enrich the lives of its residents, the home is always on the lookout for people who share their passion for care. There are many ways you can get involved: