Marion cruises to a happy birthday voyage

‘Intrepid travellers’ at Abbotts Barton in Winchester enjoyed a week-long European odyssey for a resident’s birthday treat.

Marion Stevens told us her wish was to go on a cruise when she turned 70.  In response, we staged five days of themed activities for everyone at the home, highlighting the food, music and culture of France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Denmark.

We decorated the home with national flags and bunting, taking in a new look each day as the ‘tour’ progressed.

Clinical Lead Joby Varghese played the role of ‘ship’s captain’,  greeting Marion and her fellow ‘passengers’ each morning, explaining the  itinerary for the day and sharing information about each country.

Marion said: “I loved the whole week, especially my birthday. I thank everyone who put in the hard work to make it happen. It was great that other residents were involved and enjoyed it too.”

Companionship Team Leader Kirsty Sawyer said: “We wanted to make Marion feel special all week and as we couldn’t take her on a cruise elsewhere, we decided to bring the cruise to her.”

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