Christmas celebrations in a different way for one group of Cumbrian carers who have been out across West and North Cumbria delivering Christmas goodies and spreading festive cheer to their clients and vulnerable people.
A year like no other, with thousands of vulnerable people isolated Bellcare Domiciliary Services have been determined to make Christmas as merry as usual for their clients including the delivery of Christmas goodies and presents to all of their service users.
Bellcare have also tuned up their vocal cords and went out carol singing on the doorsteps of their elderly clients ensuring gifts arrives in a true Christmas way.
Registered manager of the firm, Debbie Ellwood said: “As we can’t have our usual party this year, we have had some of our male carers out delivering Christmas presents acting as Santa. We've had many offers of staying for a whiskey to warm us up!
“All our service users will be getting a present and we've also held our Christmas card competition, the winning design by Irene Stabler from Workington is being printed and sent out to our service users from the Bellcare team.
“We also decided that due to not having any parties or large celebrations that we should go around some of our service users homes and do some carol singing on their doorstep or in their front porch. I managed to get some of the office staff involved aswell as our frontline carers. We of course got dressed up in Christmas jumpers, lights and tinsel!”
Marian Tattum of Working was sung to by Bellcare yesterday (Wednesday) and loved it, she said: “A big thank you to the carers for coming to surprise me this afternoon, I enjoyed it very much and I'm pleased to see the carers singing along and enjoying it too!”
Bellcare are among many other care workers across Cumbria and the UK who have worked throughout the pandemic providing care and support for vulnerable and often poorly individuals. Spreading Christmas cheer was at the top of the list for Bellcare this week.
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