Published: Sunday 12th June 2016
Residents from Brinnington Hall care home in Stockport received the red-carpet treatment as they enjoyed an outing on the East Lancashire railway, which is reminiscent of the Orient Express.
Aged between 83 and 90, residents from Brinnington Hall frequently reminisce of the transport of their childhood. Growing up in the 30's and 40's, they lived through the era of the glamour and grandeur of the steam railways. For many residents, dreams of a journey on the Orient Express was the ultimate in luxury travel and they have now had a recreation of that experience.
Isobel Neall, aged 90, resident at Brinnington Hall said:
"It was lovely to visit a different part of the country, it was so beautiful. Top marks! We are looking forward to going on the next trip."
Upon arrival, residents were greeted with a red-carpet champagne reception before embarking on the Pullman style steam train. Passing through the beautiful East Lancashire countryside, with scenic views of rolling fields with seasonal bluebells and lambs, the residents received a full afternoon tea provided by award winning Slattery Patissier and Chocolatiers with First Class Service.
Natalie Ravenscroft, Regional Activities Executive for Brinnington Hall joined the trip and commented:
"I was expecting Poirot to walk through the carriage at any moment, luckily the journey went with no murder-mysteries to solve! When planning trips and events, I listen to our residents' feedback and whilst they love the memories evoked by a trip to a local museum, it can be tiring. I stopped and thought, what better way to remember the past then to relive it?! For many, a journey on a luxury train like this was a life-long dream so I am tremendously happy that we've made that happen for them today. Their faces say it all."
Brinnington Hall provides residential and dementia care for 67 residents and is committed to offering them aspirational lifestyle choices. Breaking down the pre-conceived perceptions of care home life, their residents enjoy an active social environment with events, trips and daily activities on offer.