Peckham care home ready for Christmas with help from neighbours

Katherine Johnston (10 December, 2020)

'It was lovely to see the lights come on and the tree looks absolutely beautiful' - resident Irene

41086The decorated tree

Carers and residents at Anchor Greenhive’s home in Peckham have thanked neighbours for help decorating their Christmas tree.

The community event saw neighbours decking out the tree in the home’s entrance in Bayards Road on Thursday, December 3, while wearing PPE and social distancing.

Irene Guppy, aged 83, has lived in Greenhive since August this year. She said: “It was lovely to see the lights come on and the tree looks absolutely beautiful.

“It’s a shame we haven’t been able to celebrate Christmas in the usual way, but it was still very nice to see everyone coming over to help decorate our tree with the decorations we made.

“Christmas is one of my favourite times of year and to get a chance to do something for it even during such a challenging time was really special for me.”

The home’s manager, Yanique King, also thanked those who took part.

“A huge thank you to everyone who came to help decorate our Christmas tree, it was a lovely occasion and showed that despite all the current challenges we can still celebrate Christmas in our own way,” she said.

“This is just one of the lovely things we have planned for our Christmas celebrations. We will also be hosting a Christmas Cake competition and residents are also looking forward to the virtual Christmas carol performance at the Old Vic.”

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