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.