Local care home becomes ‘football hub’ as residents cheer on England in tonight’s semi-final
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Local care home becomes ‘football hub’ as residents cheer on England in tonight’s semi-final

Excited residents of a care home near Sheffield have turned their living room into a ‘football centre’ as they prepare for the crucial Euro 2024 semi-final against the Netherlands tonight (July 10)t).

Carers and residents at Eckington Court Care Home are filled with emotion as they gather to cheer England on in the match tonight at 8pm.

The lounge has been transformed into a vibrant fan zone, complete with flags, face painting and plenty of team spirit.

Eckington Court Nursing Home is part of the Orchard Care Homes group and is widely praised for its standards and commitment to the care of people living in its community. As well as caring for people with dementia, the home’s staff have specialist experience in caring for people who have had a stroke, are living with diabetes, require catheters or are receiving end-of-life care.

Trudy Godley, home manager at Eckington Court, said:
“Our locals are passionate football fans and it’s great to see everyone coming together to support England. Events like this bring so much joy and community to our home.”

The match will be accompanied by snacks, soft drinks and loud applause, during which residents will be able to recall previous tournaments and share their predictions as to the results.

The locals became experts in predicting what might happen. Hussain Dawas, 74, said: “I think England will win in the end!”

Nigel Smith, 57, added: “I can’t wait to watch the game and celebrate coming home.”

Barbara Jones, 80, said: “Come on England, it’s your time to shine!”

Tony Wragg, 72, added: “I always hope England win and bring the victory home.”

For more information about Orchard Care Homes, call 01423 859859. Last year, Orchard Care Homes was announced as the winner of the LaingBuisson Award for Excellence in Large Residential Care. It has also been awarded a five-star food rating in every home in its portfolio.

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