STAFF at Ashcombe House swapped their uniforms for elf costumes to raise money for a charity supporting people living with dementia.

Taking place on Wednesday, December 6, National Elf Day was launched by the Alzheimer's Society to raise money to fund dementia research, as well as support people living with dementia.

The day encourages people to dress up as an elf, play festive games and hold competitions all in aid of the charity.

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Basingstoke Gazette: Staff at Ashcombe House

Residents and staff at Ashcombe fundraised for Elf Day by playing themed games including the best-dressed elf competition, and a Christmas quiz.

Louise Lambert, general manager at Ashcombe and head elf, said: “Elf Day is always a lot of fun, and we are home to some of the most unusual elves I have ever seen.

“We know first-hand that many people, including a good number of our residents, are living with some form of Alzheimer’s. That’s why raising awareness of dementia is dear to our hearts and we’re always so keen to get involved.

“For anyone that has any questions about caring for those with Alzheimer’s, do please give us a call and we’ll do all we can to help.”