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Dancing and singing as residents celebrate pulling together and smiling through

PUBLISHED: 18:31 29 June 2020 | UPDATED: 08:47 01 July 2020

Sarah Mai singng at the event at Mill Lane Nursing Home in Felixstowe Picture: ALAN BOYLE/EVERYTHING FELIXSTOWE & BEYOND

Sarah Mai singng at the event at Mill Lane Nursing Home in Felixstowe Picture: ALAN BOYLE/EVERYTHING FELIXSTOWE & BEYOND

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Residents at a seaside nursing home have celebrated sticking together and smiling through the pandemic with a special Strength and Resilience Party.

A Mill Lane resident celebrates the special day Picture: ALAN BOYLE/EVERYTHING FELIXSTOWE & BEYONDA Mill Lane resident celebrates the special day Picture: ALAN BOYLE/EVERYTHING FELIXSTOWE & BEYOND

The team at Mill Lane Nursing Home in Felixstowe held a garden party for its residents to celebrate the ‘strength and resilience’ that everyone has shown throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

Manager Hanro Smith arranged for a 1940s and 1950s-inspired singer, Sarah Mai, to perform in the gardens of the home, while residents enjoyed a barbecue with burgers, hot dogs and chips with a few glasses of prosecco.

Hanro said: “The residents have been so resilient; I think they come from a generation that pulls together, keeps smiling and carries on when times are hard, and that’s what they have done through this pandemic.

“We therefore wanted to have a celebration to recognise how incredibly well they have come through this and now, it’s feeling like the ‘new normal’.

Sarah Mai singng while socially distanced at the event at Mill Lane Nursing Home in Felixstowe Picture: ALAN BOYLE/EVERYTHING FELIXSTOWE & BEYONDSarah Mai singng while socially distanced at the event at Mill Lane Nursing Home in Felixstowe Picture: ALAN BOYLE/EVERYTHING FELIXSTOWE & BEYOND

“We have started socially-distanced visits with relatives in the gardens, and our whole-home testing has come back negative and so a garden party felt the right thing to do. Everyone danced, sang and a lovely time was had by all.”

Dancing during the event at Mill Lane Nursing Home in Felixstowe Picture: HEALTHCARE HOMESDancing during the event at Mill Lane Nursing Home in Felixstowe Picture: HEALTHCARE HOMES

Residents enjoy the garden party at Mill Lane Nursing Home Picture: HEALTHCARE HOMESResidents enjoy the garden party at Mill Lane Nursing Home Picture: HEALTHCARE HOMES

Fun during the event at Mill Lane Picture: HEALTHCARE HOMESFun during the event at Mill Lane Picture: HEALTHCARE HOMES

A Mill Lane resident enjoys a glass of bubbly Picture: ALAN BOYLE/EVERYTHING FELIXSTOWE & BEYONDA Mill Lane resident enjoys a glass of bubbly Picture: ALAN BOYLE/EVERYTHING FELIXSTOWE & BEYOND

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