Former Ross-on-Wye resident, Fiona Miryelees is now living at Gibraltar Nursing Home but is determined to continue enjoying the things she used to do when living in her own home.

Fiona often went on holiday prior to moving in to the home and she was able to travel, so she wanted to carry on with the same tradition.

A local travel company was offering a five-day ‘Turkey and Tinsel’ break at the end of last year and Fiona, as well as some of her neighbours who live within the grounds in the Independent Living Village, showed an interest, so, plans were put into action.

Phil Hannant, Village and Home Liaison, along with two care team members, supported 14 people, for a fun pre-Christmas break.

The five days included a mock Christmas Eve with festive food and entertainment, then on the Tuesday, the group visited the beautiful Buckfast Abbey and later devoured a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and complimentary wine.

Instead of taking ‘Boxing Day’ to relax, the group hired wheelchairs for those who needed support and went for a leisurely stroll along the sea front, taking time to embrace and appreciate the cool sea air and picturesque views.

Fiona had such a wonderful time, as did all, and was thrilled to be able to take the trip with friends.

She said: “To be able to go on holiday still whilst living in a home is wonderful, I’m looking forward to next year’s trip!”