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Hampden Hall heads to Wonderland for the Mad Hatters Tea Party

"If you don't care for tea, at least make some polite conversation!" – Lewis Carroll, 1865.

On Tuesday 23rd June 2020, as part of Hydration Day, Hampden Hall Care Centre transformed their garden and parts of the home into a wonderland, fit to host a Mad Hatters Tea Party!

The residents at Hampden Hall love to socialise, especially with the occasional sweet treat. With the sun shining down, staff wanted to actively promote engagement between residents safely as well as supporting their social and mental well-being. The team also wanted to highlight the importance of staying hydrated whilst making it a fun and interactive experience.

It was a collaborative effort, with residents from Birch Unit helping the well-being team prep the sandwiches and delicious cakes. Resident Mary said, “I really enjoyed making the cakes, ready for our party.” 

Resident and (Lifestyle Pioneer) Event's Lead Ellie, supported in the planning of all the activities, as well as ordering the resources needed to make this party extra special.

On the day of the tea party, residents donned their best hats and joined in on all the madness. They had the opportunity to make their own signature mocktails using fresh fruits, juices, and other drink mixers. The home was filled with laughter and joy, and the Birch Unit residents’ sandwiches and cakes went down a treat!

William, one of the residents at Hampden Hall, said, “I had fun dressing up as the Mad Hatter and coming to the party.”

The staff wanted to make sure that everyone at Hampden Hall could take part, so they hand-delivered mocktails and treats to the other resident's rooms who were not able to make it to the garden.

Hampden Hall's wellbeing team; Lucie, Katalin, Lorna, and Harriet, said, “Seeing the smiles on the resident's faces, watching them have fun and spend time with each other is rewarding and it is the reason we do our jobs. It was a beautiful day, full of colour and laughter. The residents had the opportunity to create their own smoothies and mocktails, along with sweet treats to eat.

It was a day to remember, and everyone at Hampden Hall thoroughly enjoyed themselves, it was truly bonkers. But I’ll let you in on a secret, all the best people are!

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