Corner House hails to the pumpkin king

(left to right) Marcus Bunkle, Tony Topley and Sarah Frost with the giant pumpkin
(left to right) Marcus Bunkle, Tony Topley and Sarah Frost with the giant pumpkin

A Mansfield care home for people with learning disabilities could carve a niche for jumbo Jack o’Lanterns after one client’s family donated a pumpkin weighing nearly four stone.

Staff and residents of Sanctuary Supported Living’s award-winning Corner House Residential Care Home have been left stunned by the donation, which is wider than a fully grown person.

The prize pumpkin, which weighs in at three-and-a-half stone, was presented to the scheme by Linda Robinson, the mother of floating support service user Laura Robinson, who has been growing the fruit in her allotment.

Local service manager Joanne Hardwick said: “It’s a very welcome gift and we’ve had lots of positive comments from visitors who have been in awe of the size of it.”

Earlier in the week, residents also enjoyed some Fright Night Fever ahead of Halloween with the help of £500 of funding from Sanctuary’s Moneybox fund, which supports community initiatives that benefit Sanctuary residents.

Staff booked out the downstairs area of Mansfield’s The Towers pub for a Halloween disco, complete with a buffet of party food including hot dogs, chips and burgers.

Residents then spent the night bopping along to the sounds of the Ghostbusters and Addams Family theme tunes, along with other spooky hits.

Resident Warren Bailey said: “It was great as it had all my favourite things: dancing, hot dogs and fancy dress.”

Fellow resident David Calladine added: “I love Halloween; the disco was amazing.”

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