Staff get all dressed up for elf drive

Staff at the Field View care home in Blackhall Colliery taking part in Elf Day.
Staff at the Field View care home in Blackhall Colliery taking part in Elf Day.
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An elf drive was held at an East Durham care home as part of a nationwide fundraising campaign.

Staff at Blackhall Colliery’s Field View care home wore festive fancy dress for Elf Day, a national event held by the Alzheimer’s Society.

The day was inspired by the producers of Elf the Musical, a stage show inspired by the 2003 Will Ferrell film Elf, agreeing to donate a portion of the proceeds from its current run at London’s Dominion Theatre to the charity.

Staff at the 36-bed Hesleden Road care home got dressed up as elves for the day, hosted a carol concert by Peterlee Lions Club and held a Christmas-themed coffee morning for residents, families and visitors.

Janice Hardy, activities co-ordinator at the Countrywide Care Homes-run facility, said: “Taking part in Elf Day was a fantastic way of getting our residents and staff into the festive spirit, while also giving us the opportunity to give something back this Christmas.”

A Santa’s workshop Christmas display was created in the home’s lobby featuring toys for residents’ great-grandchildren to play with when they visit and hand-made elf dolls with photos of residents and staff used for their faces.

Home manager Michelle Howarth added: “We always strive to offer the highest-quality person-centred care and keep up to date with the current best practice for caring for people with dementia.

“The Alzheimer’s Society is a charity that is very close to our heart, and fundraising for such a worthy cause was a great way to show our support in the run-up to Christmas.”

All ticket proceeds from Elf the Musical’s opening night in London’s West End last month were donated to the society.