Residents at Briarwood were delighted to receive a visit from Father Christmas, his elves and a very festive pony called Poppy.

Briarwood care home arranged the visit as part of their annual Christmas Fete, on Saturday 9 December, organised to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

Poppy making friends at Briarwood.

Residents and guests were treated to an afternoon of festive fun, with the care staff dressed in colourful elf costumes, and a packed programme of Christmas themed games, raffles and hand-made goods for sale.

After a delicious Christmas buffet, residents were excited to receive a visit from Father Christmas, who brought along Poppy, the beautiful therapy pony, for residents to meet and pat.

Poppy is a registered therapy animal, from KL Pony Therapy, who visits care homes to help residents relax. He was brought to the care home as part of Briarwood’s ongoing animal therapy programme, which is based upon research showing that cuddling up to animals can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental health, and even lower blood pressure.

Father Christmas and his festive pony ride into Briarwood care home.

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Holly Peacock, Home Manager at Briarwood care home said, “The residents and staff had a wonderful time at our Christmas Fete, where we managed to raise £100 for the Alzheimer’s Society – a charity very close to all our hearts.

“The day was made even more special by the visit of Father Christmas and the lovable therapy pony. All the residents were so excited to meet her, and it was a fantastic end to a very enjoyable day.”