Going for gold at Care Home Games

Lewis Cavanagh with carer Vanessa Grayson, Rose Garnett, with carer Sophie Rigby and Mary Hamdy with carer Caroline Twist.
Lewis Cavanagh with carer Vanessa Grayson, Rose Garnett, with carer Sophie Rigby and Mary Hamdy with carer Caroline Twist.
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THE Olympics may be a year away, but care home residents across Sheffield have already got into the spirit – thanks to the annual Care Home Games.

Residents from 18 Sheffield care homes went for gold at Don Valley Stadium in dominoes, skittles and target strike and mini-golf – for the fourth year in a row.

“It inspires people to keep active and helps the elderly people socialise with those from other homes,” said Caroline Twist, activities coordinator for Northfield care home.

Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore officially opened the event, while Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley watched from the stands with the 100-strong crowd of family and friends who came to lend their support.

The event was 1950s themed and competitors dressed and waved flags.

Each home brought three competitors and all received medals for taking part.

“It’s good for morale coming back to the home. It gives them a real confidence boost just to take part,” Miss Twist added.