On Saturday 21st April, the team at Goodson Lodge were busy making their final preparations for Care Home Open Day.

Balloons were strung up with shiny ribbons, lawn games were scattered across the garden, Jungle Book was set to play in the cinema and with the sound of music playing in the background the doors were opened to the public.

The day was a treat for all who attended. A regular entertainer, Kris from Tropical Discovery, was the first feature of the day. He presented a whole host of tropical species, including stick insects, lizards, snakes and even a tarantula to touch, hold and learn about. This was followed by an array of cakes provided by the kitchen team, which were gobbled down in spectacular fashion. The garden began to fill as the afternoon approached, and the weather didn’t disappoint. The kitchen team continued to wow the visitors with a selection of food samples to taste, all of which were based on the residents’ regular meals. One visitor commented that she had not been able to get her children to eat a lasagne before. However, having tried the kitchen’s homemade offering, the children had asked if they could have lasagne for supper!

Entertainers, James Hogg and Chico, kept the music playing throughout the afternoon, and a small patch of drizzle cleared just in time for the farm animals to set up in their various pens in the garden, to the delight of the many children.

The whole day culminated in a raffle draw. Visitors loved the building, had enjoyed chatting to team members, and many noted that they intended to come back and visit the home again soon. No less than fifty-one families visited in total over the course of the day, and the residents went for supper, feeling they had enjoyed a very special day.