Our sweet shop is right at home

From left, Karen Pennington, Sharlotte Gould, Jemma Liffen, Vicky Clarke and Louise Gould
From left, Karen Pennington, Sharlotte Gould, Jemma Liffen, Vicky Clarke and Louise Gould
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Folk with a sweet tooth living in a Penwortham care home can enjoy a host of treats after bosses opened a mini- sweet shop.

The idea was the brainchild of Penwortham Grange and Lodge activity co-ordinator Sharon Hampson.

And since the sweet shop opened earlier this year, it has proved to be a huge hit with people living there, visitors and staff.

Sharon said: “It is absolutely fantastic. They love it.

“We lost one of our residents in March and his family left us this big dresser.

“I’ve got some sweet jars and dressed it up with lace.

“We sell a little jar for £3 or a bag of sweets for £1.

“It’s really lovely, it looks old- fashioned.

“We sell things like Pontefract cake, liquorice and toffee then we have some more modern sweets.

“It was my idea and it is a way of fund-raising.”

Sharon has worked at the home in Martinsfield Road for the past three years but will leave for pastures new next month.

She said: “When I said I was leaving, one of the residents said ‘who is going to get my sweets for me’. It has really stuck with me.”

Earlier this year we featured Penwortham Grange and Lodge in our series into Lancashire Care Homes.

People living at Penwortham Grange are encouraged to take part in a host of activities.

One example of this is 89-year-old Vera Goulding’s passion for knitting. Sharon noticed that Vera was very creative and after she knitted a number of blankets and jumpers Sharon set her the task of knitting bunting for around the home adding a touch of colour to the building.