Bid to raise cash for memory room

GOLDEN GIRLS: Manor Park Care Home staff (left to right) Janette Magson, Amy Tyrrell, Jayne Dixon and Helen Ryder dress as old ladies to raise funds for a memory room at the home

GOLDEN GIRLS: Manor Park Care Home staff (left to right) Janette Magson, Amy Tyrrell, Jayne Dixon and Helen Ryder dress as old ladies to raise funds for a memory room at the home

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KIND-HEARTED staff at an elderly care home are hoping to raise enough cash to provide their residents with a room full of memories.

The workers at Manor Park Care Home, off Wynyard Road, in Hartlepool, want to create a reminiscence room filled with items from the 1940s and 50s such as old sweet jars, flat irons, sewing machines and even a mangle.

But in order to make the room idea a reality the care home needs to raise funds to buy the old-fashioned items or have them donated.

On Tuesday next week the staff are going to dress up and are giving an open invite to members of the public to pop into the home for a cuppa and a scone.

All donations will go towards the new room.

Helen Ryder, activities co-ordinator at the home, said: “We want to make a Reminiscence Room filled with all sorts of things that the residents can talk about and remember from when they were children and growing up.

“Part of the room will be done out as an old shop with old sweet jars, and then we’ll have flat irons, sewing machines, mangles, and even a typewriter in another.

“We’re hoping to have everything from the 1940s and 50s. We want to be able to take the residents in to the room and let the items bring back memories so they can tell us what they used to do.”

She added: “The residents are all really looking forward to having the room and they’ve all made suggestions of what they would like in there. A lot of the ideas we have already have come from their life experiences.”

Anyone who would like to donate cash or an item to the home’s reminiscence room can telephone (01429) 274122.