A special trip to Blackpool for the first time since the pandemic began

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Restrictions to safeguard residents have prevented them from being able to enjoy their regular trips out

 

Residents of Hope House care home were delighted to visit Blackpool Illuminations for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Residents of Hope House care home were delighted to visit Blackpool Illuminations for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Residents of Hope House care home in Clayton-le-Moors were delighted to visit Blackpool Illuminations for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

As they approached the coast, residents on the trip spotted the Illuminations lighting up the sky and began reminiscing about trips to see the lights with friends and family over the years.

Blackpool’s famous annual display is usually one of the highlights for the home’s residents who enjoy a trip out for fish and chips while they soak up the sights and sounds of the famous seaside resort.

However, restrictions to safeguard residents prevented them from being able to enjoy their regular trips out to enjoy meals, shows and tourist attractions.

Activity coordinator and trip organiser Reehan Hooley said: “It’s been a tough couple of years with safeguarding rules preventing us from taking residents out and about.

“Missing last year’s Illuminations was really disappointing for a lot of our residents. For some it was the first time they hadn’t seen the lights for many, many years so we were really keen to make the most of the trip and enjoy some fish and chips.”

Resident Irene Bamber said: “It’s always such a nice night out to see the Illuminations. I’ve been countless times over the years with friends and family. I remember coming with my parents a lot of years ago, as well as bringing my own children and grandchildren, so it brought back lots of lovely memories.

“Now we can use the minibus to get out and about, I’m looking forward to lots more adventures.”