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Haunted Polytunnel Comes to Life at Orchard Manor

Orchard Manor is a CQC Outstanding care home. It offers a supportive living and learning environment for young adults aged 18-30 who have severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties resulting in complex learning needs. It has a focus on person-centred programmes to promote independence.

Orchard Manor is a CQC Outstanding care home. It offers a supportive living and learning environment for young adults aged 18-30 who have severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties resulting in complex learning needs. It has a focus on person-centred programmes to promote independence.

Two residents, James A and James HG, wanted to create some Halloween fun for the young people who live there. They also happened to have just completed work on the home’s new polytunnel, with some help from local volunteers, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to show it off in spooky style.

Young people from Orchard Manor and neighbouring Meldreth Manor School were invited along for a spine tingling tour. The day before the celebration the James’ made Halloween cupcakes and biscuits, which were given out at the end, helping visitors to recover from the shock!

Both James’ said they thought it was a brilliant event and were happy to see their creative ideas come to life, particularly after they had instigated enterprises including a temporary tattoo parlour, a takeaway pastry outlet and a mini shop to raise money for the polytunnel project. The whole event lifted everyone’s spirits! 

James A age 27 has been recognised as one of the UK’s leaders of tomorrow. James has cerebral palsy and loves going to watch cricket matches with his family. James HG favourite activity is travelling around in a huge purpose built converted truck with his dad. Otherwise he loves anything with a bit of dramatic fun, that involves getting dressed up.

“Getting the polytunnel prepared for Halloween was a real team effort that involved creative input from staff and young people working together. It is so great to see everyone having such fun.

- Denise Grayston, Principal at Aurora Orchard Manor