A SALISBURY care home opened its doors to others to help combat loneliness this festive season.

Care UK's Salisbury Manor, in Shapland Close, helped older members of the community to get into the festive spirit by hosting a Christmas party and a complimentary lunch. 

The party provided a warm and welcoming environment enabling people to spend time together, enjoying games and entertainment. 

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General manager at Salisbury Manor, Skye Williams, said: “We loved throwing this party and pulling up some extra seats up to the table for older members of the community to join residents and team members for our Friendship Café and Christmas lunch."

Guests were greeted by the Swindon Stilt Walker and entertainment included The Evolution Choir and bell ringers The Belle Tones. Guests enjoyed a full Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. 

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Skye added: “Here at Salisbury Manor, we firmly believe everyone should have someone to pull their cracker with at Christmas, which is why we opened our doors to those who might be feeling lonely or missing that special someone. We were glad to invite guests to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner and entertainment with residents.

“We’d like to say a massive thank you to the Swindon Stilt Walker, The Belle Tomes and Evolution Choir who entertained us all – we hope to continue building connections and friendships with members of the local community.”

More than 100 Care UK homes nationwide took part to give older members of the community a safe and sociable space where they can enjoy some festive fun and company.