A FORMER teacher was very happy when staff at her care home organised a surprise night of camping under the stars for her.

Heather Greenhalgh has been living at Cavendish Park Care Home in Evesham since April and is one of the memory care residents.

Activity coordinator Julie Wood was inspired by Mrs Greenhalgh during a reminiscence afternoon.

The 76 year old recalled how she loved camping holidays with her family. The canvas, the stars in the night sky, hot chocolate and listening to the night creatures, all wonderful memories of holidays, sun, friends and family.

So, with the recent beautiful weather, Ms Wood organised a 'just for me moment', and Mrs Greenhalgh's dream of sleeping under the stars once more came true.

Mrs Greenhalgh said: "It's very cosy and we are going to have an adventure."

Ms Wood came in one evening armed with a tent, camping chairs, air beds and sleeping bags. Mrs Greenhalgh loved helping to put the tent up, laughing and remembering how there was always a last minute search for the pegs. Then they watched the sun set in the garden, drinking hot chocolate and watching the stars come out. They also saw the bats that have taken up residence in the care home's bat houses.

Mrs Greenhalgh trained as a teacher and in later years was a warden at Pershore Wetlands, where she did lots of fundraising. She was part of a group of volunteers, Friends of the Avon Meadows which won a community award in 2014 for its outstanding contribution. She was also part of the Pershore heritage and history society.

A spokesman from Cavendish Park Care Home said: “She loves anything to do with the outdoors and nature, which is why this was so special for her. She is a very sociable lady and a much loved resident.”

"We all need a little cheering up at the moment and thinking of things we always enjoyed can help."