Hallmark Carehomes
All you need is hugs!

27 September 2018

All you need is hugs!

Hallmark Care Homes will spread a bit of love on Monday 1st October by taking part in our annual company-wide event, Hug Day.
Hug Day encourages physical interaction between residents, family and team members to celebrate the comfort and happiness that a simple hug can bring.

The event is individual to each home and its residents, and to support this, stickers are circulated to all homes in advance and those residents who want to take part and have a hug will wear one for the day.

Since its launch in 2006, Hug Day has been an important date in the Hallmark Care Homes calendar of events. Our team members hug our residents throughout the year and they regularly arrange activities which encourage physical interaction however, Hug Day allows us to create a much bigger impact. It’s an opportunity for our team members, residents and relatives to create lasting bonds and celebrate how much we care.

This year, our homes will be hosting an array of fun activities throughout the day to help us spread the love.

Avnish Goyal, Chair of Hallmark Care Homes and Care England said: “Hugging is often discouraged in care homes and this shouldn’t be the case as hugging is natural and it is very therapeutic. Hugging decreases stress, it increases well-being and it makes people happy.

“We are expecting a great turn for our Hug Day activities this year and we are looking forward to once again celebrate how much we care.”

See below a full list of our homes’ plans:

Admiral Court Care Home, Leigh-on-Sea: Admiral Court will be hosting a carnival themed event starting at 11:00am, called ‘The Greatest Carnival Hug on Earth.’ The fun day will feature the tallest lady, the strongest man, the smallest dog and more!

If you are interested in joining us you can call the home on 01702 472288 or email

Alexandra Grange Care Home, Wokingham: Alexandra Grange will be offering free hugs throughout the duration of the day and will be hosting an exciting Hug Day race in the afternoon.

If you are interested in joining us, you can call the home on 0118 9123219 or email

Bryn Celyn Care Home, Maesteg: Bryn Celyn will be hosting a Hawaiian themed Hug Day where they will be spreading the love with Hawaiian themed food and drink. There will also be live entertainment for the special event.

If you are interested in coming to Bryn Celyn for a hug, you can call the home on 01565 726839 or email Activities.Bryncelyn@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk 

Cartref Annwyl Fan Care Home, Ammanford: Cartref Annwyl Fan will be celebrating the annual event with a teddy bear picnic, where residents can spread the love with members of the local community.

if you would like to visit Cartref Annwyl Fan on Hug Day, you can call 01269 592447 or email

Cherry Tree Care Home, Caldicot: At 10:00am, Cherry Tree will kick off Hug Day with a visit from Little Tigers nursery, who will be spending time with the residents throughout the day.

If you are interested in visiting Cherry Tree on Monday, you can call the home on 01291 421940 or email linda.jenkins@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk

Greenhill Manor Care Home, Merthyr Tydfil: Greenhill Manor will have their very own life-size teddy bear, who will be giving out hugs throughout the duration of the day. There will also be a variety show at 15:00pm with exciting entertainment for residents and visitors to enjoy.

If you’re interested in visiting Greenhill Manor for a hug, you can call the home on 01685 721046 or email Amanda.francis@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk

Lakeview Care Home, Lightwater, Surrey: Lakeview will be receiving a visit from some very cute tiny kittens at 14:30pm, followed by a ‘Hug in a Mug’ coffee social in the popular Woodland Café!

If you are interested in visiting Lakeview for this special event, you can call the home on 01276 480430 or email

Regency House Care Home, Ely, Cardiff: Regency House will be kicking off their activities at 10:30am with Lola the dog who will be visiting the home for cuddles. This will then be followed by a visit from the local Police Community Support Officers, who will be joining residents and visitors for cuddles and coffee in the café! This will then be followed by a sing-a-long session and special hug day lunch.

If you would like to visit Regency House this Hug Day, you can call the home on 02920 566000 or email tracy.hiscock@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk

Shire Hall Care Home, Cardiff: Shire Hall will be hosting a relaxing pyjama day at the home, playing The Greatest Showman in the cinema from 11:00am. There will also be popcorn, marshmallows and other delicious snacks. At 14:30pm, residents, family members and visitors can enjoy a performance from Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Melanie Bell.

If you would like to visit Shire Hall care home for a cuddle this Hug Day, you can call the home on 02920 566000 or email Activities.ShireHall@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk

Ty Enfys Care Home, Pentwyn, Cardiff: Ty Enfys will be hosting a toddler and baby sing-a-long at 10:30am followed by a life-size teddy bear giving hugs at 11:30am. There will then be a visit from Ty Enfys’ resident pet dog, Ted, who will be wearing his favourite ‘hug me’ t-shirt.

If you would like to visit Ty Enfys on Monday and share a hug, you can call the home on 02920 537800 or email lily.chapman@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk

Ty Porth Care Home, Porth: The home will be kicking off their celebrations at 11:00am with a visit from a local primary school who will be singing traditional Welsh songs with the residents. This will be followed with a visit from

If you would like to visit Ty Porth this Hug Day, you can call the home on 01443 680011.