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Summer party at Bridgeside Lodge

On Friday 11th August The Spitz visited Bridgeside Lodge Care Home for a summer party with live music and a barbeque for the residents and staff and their friends and family, sponsored by The Derwent Community Fund

The Spitz trio of Arthur Lee (piano) Brian Edwards (saxophone) and Winston Clifford (drums) led the music and singing, ably                             accompanied by residents and staff of Bridgeside Lodge, many of whom got up and danced throughout the trios performances or joined with instruments that were passed around.


An event like this has an impact on the whole place; brings everyone out – different generations of one family, all the staff…I used to be a nurse. Medicine doesn’t care for you, it’s the people around you that create a sense of happiness, freedom, a sense of living.

Fatma Makala, manager of Bridgeside Lodge Care Home

A particularly heart-warming story from the day was that of a lady, in her early 50s who had suffered a severe stroke and had been          refusing to come out of her room for the last six months.  On hearing the music in the distance she asked staff to help her out.  She put on some lipstick and stayed the whole afternoon smiling.  “This is a              miracle“ said the manager Fatma.  “This will enable us to encourage her during future sessions.”