A CARE home in Penistone has found a novel way to get its residents out in the sunshine – by recreating a day at the races.

Staff at Buckingham Care Home took to the race course in a bid to boost morale during lockdown.

This unique idea came from home manager Clare Erskine, business manager Joanne Birch and activity co-ordinator Cath Kaye who wanted to bring residents together during a time where people cannot see loved ones.

All of the costumes for the jockeys and horses were made on-site while the buffet and bar, Buckingham Arms, was opened for residents to enjoy a tipple.

Staff posted a message on the home’s Facebook page for followers to choose names for the horses which included Kitchenroyd Girl, Ted’s Law and Blue Rum – with residents using Monopoly money to place their bets on the winner.

Everybody was encouraged to dress up in their best formal attire and embrace the sunshine.

Claire said: “We just want to bring joy and laughter to our residents during the lockdown period.

“We knew how lonely it was at times for our residents not being able to see their loved ones so we try to come up with more and more fun ways of achieving this.

“Residents have had such a laugh that everyone was a winner at the Buckingham races.”