Baby bunnies bring joy during a week of Beatrix Potter celebrations

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14th October 2021

Residents at Wentworth Court Nursing Home enjoyed a week of events celebrating the work of children’s author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter.

Best known for her children’s books featuring animals, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Ms Potter had a connection with Gloucestershire through her much-loved and reputedly favourite book, The Tailor of Gloucester.

Wellbeing assistant, Michelle Knight dressed as Beatrix Potter, entertained residents by reading the author’s stories of mischievous animals, in a room decorated with papier maché vegetables to recreate Peter Rabbit’s vegetable patch.

One of the highlights was a visit from two baby Lionhead bunnies, Rudy and Scramble from Cheltenham Animal Shelter who enjoyed lots of cuddles from the residents, who live with moderate to severe dementia.

Wellbeing Manager, Suzanne Meadows said: “Talking about the books of Beatrix Potter has bought back some lovely childhood memories for residents. We’ve had a Beatrix Potter reminiscence quiz to inspire conversations, petted the baby rabbits and watched the Peter Rabbit movie. We’ve even been making vegetable patch smoothies using veggies from our own garden, so that residents have a full and meaningful experience using all of their senses.

“It’s been a lovely week enjoyed by our team as well as those we care for.”

For more information about Wentworth Court, call 01242 263334.

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