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Reindeer delight residents at Richmond Witney retirement village

PUBLISHED: 15:10 19 December 2017

Children meet the reindeer at Witney Village

Children meet the reindeer at Witney Village

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Richmond Witney also welcomed children from a local nursery to join the festive fun

Christmas came early at Richmond Witney retirement village when two reindeer, Jingle and Bell, joined children from the local nursery, Little Treasures Academy, for an afternoon of Christmas carols and sleigh rides.

The residents enjoyed a special performance of songs from the children’s upcoming Christmas play ‘The Wiggly Nativity’ before they all spent time meeting the reindeer, singing Christmas carols and enjoying a ride in Santa’s sleigh.

Meeting the reindeer at Witney VillageMeeting the reindeer at Witney Village

Richmond Witney has been hosting weekly visits from the Academy over the last few months, with the children and residents striking up some good relationships. Based on the fantastic response, the village will continue the visits into 2018.

Speaking about the visits, Jo Cambrey, head of activities at Richmond Witney said: “Everyone loved the Christmas event - the residents and the children get along so well, and the reindeer certainly brought some festive cheer!

“We’ve been really lucky to form a relationship with Little Treasures Academy. The regular visits have demonstrated the amazing benefits of linking young children with our residents. We have seen the smiles on their faces as the children arrive each week, residents who generally are fairly quiet and reserved have been participating in activities and going down memory lane to recall their childhood memories through storytelling, singing and participating in activities designed for everyone involved.”

Around 30 residents from Richmond Witney attended the Christmas event, along with 20 children from the Academy.

Richmond Witney, part of Bupa, was opened by Robert Courts MP earlier this year. A £35 million development, it offers a variety of homes and excellent levels of care, services and facilities for the over 55s.

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