Thursday December 24, 2015
Decorator Nerald Davey with resident Colin Brenchley and Longview staff members Leimaka Woodfield (left) and Shay Dosdos (sitting). PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson
Longview staff spread Christmas cheer By Sharnahea Wilson
Dr Mike Rabih, Dr Prithika Vijayan and the team wish all of our clients and community a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Appointments are available up to and including 24 December, and we re-open for appointments on 5 January 2016.
One Longview staff member has decked the halls with boughs of holly, spreading the spirit of Christmas throughout the rest home. Each year Nerald Davey makes her way methodically through the home with her pins, tape and stool hanging tinsel, lights and an abundance of other Christmas decorations. From Thursday, December 3 the home started to look as festive as the North Pole, and residents, staff members and visitors were able to get into the spirit of Christmas. The humble Nerald said a previous Longview staff member was the original Christmas decorator. “A now retired staff member, Wendy Pellett, bought most of the Christmas decorations out of her own money. “We used to call her mother Christmas,” she said. Longview has a Christmas tree in every lounge that has been decorated by staff with the help of residents, Nerald said. Resident Joyce Owen is a big fan of Nerald’s
Christmas decorations. “It is great that Nerald puts them up and takes them down every year – she is very dedicated. “You can sometimes feel a bit cut off in here, but with the decorations it begins to feel like Christmas. “The children who visit love them too,” Joyce said. Manager of Longview, Olwyn Cunningham, is grateful for the hard work Nerald puts in leading up to Christmas. “We are lucky for the contribution of staff and others who come on board. “It doesn’t feel like Christmas until the decorations go up,” she said. Nerald said the star of the show - a figure who is now dressed as Santa on a sleigh in the Longview main lounge - has previously been an assortment of characters, including a rugby player for the recent World Cup celebrations. Nerald will take the decorations down in January and said “they are a lot easier to take down than they are to put up”.
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