Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre

PUBLISHED: 17:26 19 December 2019

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Picture: EMMA HALES

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Picture: EMMA HALES

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Carol services, a visit from Santa and a performance from the Ely Irish Dancers were among the ‘Christmas acts of kindness’ that Soham Lodge Care Centre residents have been enjoying.

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Cambs Friendly Bikers visited dressed as Santa with mince pies for everyone. Picture: EMMA HALESCarol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Cambs Friendly Bikers visited dressed as Santa with mince pies for everyone. Picture: EMMA HALES

The kindness appeal was launched by activities manager Emma Hales, who asked local people to visit the home to stop residents from feeling lonely.

Residents have since received more than 1,000 postcards from all over the country as part of the 'postcards of kindness' movement while Michael Flatley and the Lord of the Dance team wrote a letter to the Ely Irish Dancers thanking them for performing at the centre.

The Shade Primary School Choir and Fairstead House School Choir entertained the residents with festive songs while there was also a performance from Soham Comrades Band who invited resident Derek Lidford to play his saxophone in the band.

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Picture: EMMA HALESCarol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Picture: EMMA HALES

St Andrew's Church volunteers, led by John Cole, held a Christmas carol service while The Band of Ukes put smiles on everyone's faces with their joyful performance.

Cambs Friendly Bikers visited dressed as Santa with mince pies for everyone and Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue visited the home bringing festive cheer.

Local artist Sarah Gausden held an art class and gardener volunteer Anita Nixon began an enchanted garden project with residents at the home.

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue visited the home bringing festive cheer. Picture: EMMA HALESCarol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue visited the home bringing festive cheer. Picture: EMMA HALES

Cambridgeshire County Council-The Connections Bus Project held an inter-generational project at Soham Lodge called the Generation Game where teenagers and residents worked together on various projects.

Preschool children from Little Wombatz Pre-school sang with the residents with percussion instruments for a musical inter-generational project which the residents enjoyed.

Emma Hales said: "On behalf of Soham Lodge Care Centre I would like to say a big thank you to the local community for their generosity and for the joy brought to each and every resident this Christmas season."

The Ely Irish Dancers performing at Soham Lodge Care Centre thanks to its Christmas of kindness appeal. Picture: EMMA HALESThe Ely Irish Dancers performing at Soham Lodge Care Centre thanks to its Christmas of kindness appeal. Picture: EMMA HALES

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. The Band of Ukes put smiles on everyone’s faces with their joyful performance. Picture: EMMA HALESCarol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. The Band of Ukes put smiles on everyone’s faces with their joyful performance. Picture: EMMA HALES

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Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. The Band of Ukes put smiles on everyone’s faces with their joyful performance. Picture: EMMA HALESCarol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. The Band of Ukes put smiles on everyone’s faces with their joyful performance. Picture: EMMA HALES

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue visited the home bringing festive cheer. Picture: EMMA HALESCarol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue visited the home bringing festive cheer. Picture: EMMA HALES

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Children at Little Wombats Pre-school visited residents. Picture: EMMA HALESCarol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Children at Little Wombats Pre-school visited residents. Picture: EMMA HALES

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Anita Nixon began an enchanted garden project with residents at the home. Picture: EMMA HALESCarol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Anita Nixon began an enchanted garden project with residents at the home. Picture: EMMA HALES

Carol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Soham Comrades Band invited resident Derek Lidford to play his saxophone in the band. Picture: EMMA HALESCarol services, Santa visit and Ely Irish Dancers performance thanks to Christmas of kindness appeal at Soham Lodge Care Centre. Soham Comrades Band invited resident Derek Lidford to play his saxophone in the band. Picture: EMMA HALES

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