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 croquet mar 4

We held our biggest ever croquet session for people living with dementia as more than 30 visitors came to enjoy a game and a cup of tea with students.

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The sessions are part of the Through Hoops to Hope project which was born when James and Andrew Creasey's father, Maxwell, was diagnosed with dementia and James began to search for an enjoyable way for them to spend time together.

The Creaseys made their fifth visit to our College in September 2017 to introduce a new set of students to the project and the game of croquet.The most recent session on 20 March was the biggest yet with visitors from Manor Park, Two Trees, St Barnabas, Hartley Park and Anchor Selkirk care homes.

Year 7 student Ewan said it was "really fun".


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"Croquet is a fun game anyway - I have played it before and it was interesting to speak to the older people about their lives and make new friends."

Shea, also in Year 7, said: "It was a really nice chance to meet some interesting people - it's important for older and younger people to mix and croquet is a sport that's fun to do and quite easy as well. I'm already looking forward to the next time we do it."

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Visitor Elizabeth Opie, a resident of a local care home, said she had had "a perfect day".

"We have had such a lovely welcome and I have played croquet for the first time in about 40 years which was very enjoyable."

PE teacher Miss Le Page said she was "over the moon" with the number of guests who attended.


"The popularity of this event just seems to be growing and growing. The students, as always were fantastic and have built some lovely relationships with the residents," she said.

"Our next session is booked for Tuesday 3 July but we are looking at doing an outdoor croquet event in May, and also visiting all the care homes for additional activities."

Chris Dawkins, activities champion from Anchor Selkirk House, accompanied a number of residents."Your students are a credit to the school. It is important for residents to enjoy as much engagement as possible - this was our first visit, we will definitely be back."

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Stoke Damerel Community College News Archive 2017-18 



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