A BASINGSTOKE care home marked its 10th birthday in style earlier this month when fire breathers, an ice cream van and a steel drum band visited.

Rowan Lodge care home, in Newnham, marked a decade since opening on September 5, after a challenging 18 months navigating the Covid crisis.

The care home was able to host an outdoor party for staff, residents and relatives, whilst also cutting the ribbon to a new outdoor patio area.

Talking about the new area, Terri Taphouse, activities leader, said: "It’s such a versatile space, I can’t wait to host outdoor cinema nights, special meals, or simply for more residents to use for family visits”.

Meanwhile, Mark Vickery, director of Forest Care, which runs the care home, gave a speech, highlighting the work of care home workers and saying they are heroes in their communities.

He thanked them for their "bravery and resilience over the last 18 months".

Speaking about the celebrations, Joy, resident at Rowan Lodge, said: “What a fantastic day and way to celebrate. It’s been magical to see everyone smile and I’m so glad my family got to be a part of it."