Nothing stops the team at Mill House in the Cotswolds from
keeping a full, fun programme of events and, even though the community could
not visit this year for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic there were still more than 50
guests virtually there including a Mayor bear and representatives from the
local police and the pharmacy.
In past years the Teddy Bears’ Picnic has been hosted for the local community and residents love having the children visit. This year, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, it looked like the event would have to be cancelled until the Mill House team came up with a way to keep it going.
Activities Manager Paul Dixon explained, “We were not about to be defeated so
we decided to adapt rather than completely cancel the event and have a virtual
and at home picnic instead.
“We asked people
to sign up for the picnic and sent out bear masks to those who wanted to take
part. This way our residents and children wore the same masks to bring a
feeling of “being in it together”. The children at home were also asked to host
their own “lockdown” picnics and send us pictures.
Paul added,” We
were delighted that the local community, local businesses and individuals came
on board to support Mill House. We love the interaction with the children and
wider community and have been trying to keep this going in a virtual sense, so
that we keep building the bonds which already exist.
The Home hopes to reschedule the ‘real’ Teddy Bears’ Picnic as an
indoor event around Christmas time. Father Christmas and a Teddy bears picnic
all at once should be a very fun afternoon.
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