Four-legged friends join in open day fun

Popeye the donkey meets residents at Tudor Manor Care Home on Clifton Drive, Blackpool
Popeye the donkey meets residents at Tudor Manor Care Home on Clifton Drive, Blackpool
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It’s not every day your guests of honour have four legs, but Popeye and Dolly the donkeys were special visitors to an open day at Tudor Manor Care Home.

The home on Clifton Drive, South Shore, was one of several care homes across the Fylde Coast taking part in the 
National Care Home Open Day. The home’s other guest of honour was Coun Valerie Haynes, Mayor of Blackpool.

She opened the event 
after musical entertainment by Dave Darent, who sung songs from the 1940s to the 1960s, and then started the home’s Mexican Wave as it takes part in an attempt to create the largest virtual Mexican Wave across the world.

The wave started in Australia, where homes sent their videos to homes in the south of England before it reached the north, including Tudor Manor.

Prayers at the home were led by The Rev Tracy Charnock from Holy Trinity, before a buffet lunch and the special visit from Popeye, one of the resident donkeys at Blackpool Beach, and his colleague Dolly.

Charlie, the Pets as Therapy (PAT) dog, also made an appearance for the event on Friday.

Activities co-ordinator at Tudor Manor, Michelle Kay, said: “The residents and visitors loved this being up close to them and touching them.

“After an hour, the donkeys headed off back to their home and we had a lovely talk from Ken McDevitt, a retired footballer from Tranmere, about football.

“It was a great day in Blackpool with lots of new friends made. Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a perfect day for our residents and guests.”

National Care Home Open Day was designed to get more people involved in their local homes and promote their importance in the community.
Ambassador Gloria Hunniford said: “Care homes and their residents are an important but sometimes overlooked part of our society. [This event] will help strengthen the relationships between care home residents, staff and their next door neighbours. It may even encourage a few people to think about volunteering to support and befriend residents.”