Washington’s colourful independence party

Washington Lodge Nursing Home painted the village red, white and blue to celebrate residents’ independence and its new beginning as a Qualia Care home.

The care home in Washington Village welcomed members of the local community and residents’ family members to its colourful independence-themed summer fayre.

The red, white and blue-themed event – opened by Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson – was also a chance to showcase the improvements that Qualia has carried out across Washington Lodge since it became the operator in January.

Improvements carried out at Washington Lodge include a refreshed new décor and flooring, plus a new modern nurse call system.

Staff released 22 ‘memory’ balloons as a poignant tribute to the people who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack. Visitors could also buy and release memory balloons in remembrance of a loved one.

Washington Lodge Nursing Home Summer Fayre
Washington Lodge Nursing Home Summer Fayre

Manager June Smith says: “The summer fayre was a great success and it was lovely to welcome so many members of the local community to Washington Lodge.

“lt was a great opportunity to celebrate the independence of our residents, and to show the positive changes we have made in just six months.”

Events on the day included a red, white and blue-themed cake decorating and flower arranging competition, as well as stalls, games and refreshments.

The independence-themed event was also a nod to the area’s historic links to the USA’s first president, George Washington, whose ancestors resided at nearby Washington Old Hall.