Christmas Carolling at Colchester Care Homes

Christmas Carolling

December has seen the first of our Christmas Carolling events for seven care homes across Colchester. Adam and Jenna from the Mercury team are attempting to bring warmth and joy to care home residents this Christmas, even while singing outside in the rain to ensure that current guidelines are followed. The first of these concerts has been met with wonderful positivity (and participation!) from the residents of Aveley Lodge Residential Care Home.

Suzanne Parmenter at Aveley Lodge Residential Care Home said; “Adam and Jenna were utterly amazing. Despite the cold and rain, they brought warmth and sunshine to the morning. All our residents were super excited about their performance, they couldn’t wait for it to start, taking their places a good hour before the performance was due to start. Jenna and Adam were absolute stars and our residents enjoyed every single second of it. They performed a 45 minute set with a selection of traditional and modern festive songs and we got out our musical instruments so that the residents could join in with them which added to the jolly atmosphere. ”

“It meant a lot for our residents to have entertainment like this come in and visit. We are extremely proud of the vast and varied activities and entertainment we offer here at Aveley Lodge but due to Covid, external entertainment has been difficult to organise this year particularly when its bad weather. All performances are held outside in order for us to keep our residents safe. Christmas is such a special time of year and our residents were thrilled to have some festive entertainment to get them in the mood for Christmas. There were a lot of tears of joy! We are extremely proud to have been the first care home the Mercury Theatre visited on their Care Home Christmas Tour. After the year we have had with two lockdowns and trying to keep all our residents and staff safe and happy, we are determined to make Christmas extra special and this really was a treat for all. We would love to have Jenna and Adam back again in the very near future and can’t thank the Mercury theatre enough for offering us this opportunity. “

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