Residents at a Stratford care home celebrate Pride month with a bench revamp - The Stratford Observer
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13th Aug, 2022

Residents at a Stratford care home celebrate Pride month with a bench revamp

RESIDENTS at a Stratford care home have given their outdoor bench a unique new look by decorating it with their handprints.

The team at Lower Meadow decided to revamp one of their old benches in this special way to celebrate their close-knit community and to mark Pride month.

Every resident, staff and family member was invited to add their handprint to the bench and the result was a bright and colourful outdoor bench “that encapsulates the love and friendship of those within the home”. The handprints were added in different colours to show the rich and vibrant lives of those to whom they belong.

A new plaque was also added which reads: “We are all equal in the fact we are all different”.

The bench is now displayed in the homes’ gardens and will also form part of the homes’ Blooming Marvellous entry – a garden competition between the residents and team members across the Runwood Homes’ Group.

Lower Meadow’s Home Manager, Rachel Walker, said: “The bench represents all that we value and embrace here at Lower Meadow, friendship, love, individuality and inclusivity. It is a beautiful addition to our garden, and it is heart-warming to know it has been lovingly made by all the Lower Meadow family and is completely unique to us and our home. We would be delighted to invite everyone local to Stratford to come and visit the bench in person”.

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