A Day of Reflection was held at Farnham Mill on Thursday 1st April. This was a time when all staff and residents came together to reflect on the past year and how the Coronavirus pandemic has had an effect on all our lives. It was also a time to celebrate now that lockdown restrictions are easing and we are enjoying inside visits within Farnham Mill.
Sahlee Epi, our Specialist Kings Nurse, gave a welcome speech followed by Sharon Izzard, our Home Manager, giving an inspirational speech and thanking all the staff for the loyalty, dedication and commitment during this past year.
We then had a series of video links. The children from Edgeborough School, who have strong links with Farnham Mill, sang ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. This was followed by one of our staff’s granddaughter reading a poem. Terry Owens, a local entertainer who the residents haven’t been able to see for a year, sung two very moving songs – You’ll Never Walk Alone and What a Wonderful World.
It was then the staffs time to sing. They all wore yellow tops and sang two songs to our residents. One resident was amazed at how good they sounded even though there was no time for a rehearsal. Whilst the staff sang ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’, they all handed out yellow roses to the residents.
Clair Finn, our Deputy Manager, gave a talk about the significance of cherry trees and we all went outside to watch one being planted in an area in the garden where staff and residents can have a quiet place to reflect.
Finally, white balloons were released to signify those lost during the last year.
Whilst we all enjoyed a buffet, many commented on how moving an afternoon it was but also a time of celebration.