26 September 2019
All you need is hugs!
Hallmark Care Homes will spread a bit of love on Friday 11th 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 muppets themed event, where team members will dress up as familiar characters from the hit tv show, such as Mrs Piggy and Kermit the Frog.
If you are interested in joining us you can call the home on 01702 472288 or email email@example.com
Alexandra Grange Care Home, Wokingham: Alexandra Grange will be taking part in a ‘cuddle and catch up’ activity, where residents can enjoy spending time with the team. Messy Chums Toddler Group will also be taking part in the special day, alongside hugs with Neil, the gardener, during gardening club.
If you are interested in joining us, you can call the home on 0118 9123219 or email Lifestyles.Alexandra@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Anisha Grange Care Home, Billericay: Team members at Anisha Grange Care Home will be taking part in a competition to see who can hug the most residents whilst also taking part in a bake off at the home.
If you are interested in joining in with the competition, you can call the home on 01277 658529 or email Carl.Roberts@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Anya Court Care Home, Rugby: Anya Court Care Home will be hosting a group hug with buttercups local child-minding group at 10:30am.
If you would like to pop in for a hug or be part of the group hug, you can call the home on 01788 811876 or email Sue.Mitchell@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Arlington Manor Care Home, Girton Cambridge: Team members at Arlington Manor Care Home will be wearing their favourite most huggable animal onesies! There will also be entertainment from Wally and Paul, who will be performing the classics, followed by a whole home group hug!
If you would like to join in with the big hug, you can call the home on 01223 814900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Banstead Manor Care Home, Banstead, Surrey: Banstead Manor Care Home will be welcoming local nursery children into the home for an afternoon party, where there will be musical entertainment and lots of fun!
if you would like to take part in Hug Day at Banstead Manor, you can call the home on 01737 351353 or email Monika.Nedelcheva@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Bucklesham Grange Care Home, Ipswich: Bucklesham Grange Care Home will be welcoming the local fire service to come and enjoy a hug with the residents, team members and local community from 11am.
If you would like to hug a firefighter or spend time with the residents, you can call the home on 01473 725556 or email Kirsty.Thomas@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Chamberlain Court Care Home, Royal Tunbridge Wells: From 2:30pm, residents, team members and friends at Chamberlain Court Care Home will be enjoying the sounds of the ‘Southend Strummers’ ukulele band, who will be playing whilst residents and visitors enjoy a hug!
If you would like to come along to the event, please call the home on 01892 618773 or email Chamberlain.Lifestyles@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Cherry Tree Care Home, Caldicot: Cherry Tree will be hosting an all-day event, where team members will take part in a pyjama day at the home and enjoy lots of CWTCH’s. There will also be a musical entertainer where those in attendance can enjoy a coffee and cake.
If you would like to embrace the CWTCH, please call the home on 01291 421940 or email CherryTree@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Greenhill Manor Care Home, Merthyr Tydfil: Greenhill Manor will be hosting a jungle themed day, with bush tucker trials taking place at 11am. From 2pm-3pm, Zoolab will be visiting the home and bringing with them some exciting animals for all to enjoy. From 3pm-4pm, the home will be hosting live entertainment in the Jungle Café, all which will include lots of hugs.
If you’re interested in visiting Greenhill Manor for a hug, you can call the home on 01685 721046 or email Amanda.email@example.com
Kew House Care Home, Wimbledon, London: Kew House Care Homes’ panda mascot and blue cow will be visiting the residents. Each resident will be given a soft toy teddy bears with a personalised message to ensure that they have something from the special day. There will also be heart shaped treats in the bistro freshly made by the kitchen team.
If you’re interested in visiting Kew House Care Home on hug day, you can call the home on 0208 971 0190 or email Activities.firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakeview Care Home, Lightwater, Surrey: Lakeview Care Home will be hosting a Disney Parade in the home, which will include lots of hugging followed by a delicious afternoon tea.
If you are interested in visiting Lakeview for this special event, you can call the home on 01276 480430 or email Lakeview.Lifestyles@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Maycroft Manor Care Home, Brighton, Sussex: Maycroft Manor Care Home will be handing out delicious sweets to the residents and taking part in a songs and smiles session with children in the local community. If you would like to visit the home on Hug Day, you can call the home on 01273 859790 or email Lifestyles.Maycroft@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Regency House Care Home, Ely, Cardiff: Residents and team members at Regency House Care Home will be enjoying a visit from Micky and Minnie Mouse, who will share hugs with everyone and spread the love! Children from the local school will also be visiting to enjoy a hug from the beloved Disney characters. This will be followed by an exciting concert in the afternoon, where songs about love and friendship will be performed.
If you would like to visit Regency House this Hug Day, you can call the home on 02920 566000 or email Mark.Arrowsmith@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk
Shire Hall Care Home, Cardiff: Team members at Shire Hall Care Home will be enjoying a pyjama day at the home, where they will enjoy hugs with the residents and visitors. Each community will be creating a multicultural tree of life, which will be displayed for visitors to see. There will also be a Celtic drummer in the afternoon entertaining residents and visitors to the home.
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 an array of exciting activities throughout the day. From 10am-12pm, residents, relatives and visitors can enjoy face-painting and balloon modelling. At 11am, there will also be a visit from bunnies, guinea pigs, and a tortoise, who will be visiting the residents, as well as resident dog, Ted. The Ty Enfys teddy bear mascot will also be making its way around the home, giving hugs to all.
If you would like to visit Ty Enfys on Friday and share a hug, you can call the home on 02920 537800 or email email@example.com
Ty Porth Care Home, Porth: The home will be enjoying a visit from their teddy bear mascot, who will be giving out hugs to residents and visitors. The kitchen team will also be cooking delicious ‘hug me’ and ‘cwtch’ cookies.
If you would like to visit Ty Porth, you can call the home on 01443 680011 or email TyPorth.Lifestyles@hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk