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Elderly residents recreate famous portraits for nursing home calendar



Brookfield care home resident David poses as a self portrait by Cezanne. (Rebecca Phillipson via SWNS)

By Lauren Beavis via SWNS

A nursing home has produced a calendar featuring all the old people posing in a series of photos from famous portraits - including The Virgin In Prayer and American Gothic.

The elderly residents of MHA Brookfield each feature as a different month in classic paintings - such as Evelyn Elizabeth Tudor.

Staff at the Oxfordshire care home created the 2022 calendar with the help of 14 seniors.

One of the home’s volunteers, Rebecca Phillipson, took and edited the photos.

Brookfield care home resident Winter as Mary Seacole as painted by Albert Challen. (Rebecca Phillipson via SWNS)
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The calendars will be on sale for £12 ( $16) and can be purchased from reception at the home.

The home provides nursing and dementia care for 66 residents in purpose-built, en suite accommodation.

Resident Andrew Reese, 57, who is on the cover of the calendar, said: “I really liked the style of my picture and it was good fun.

“A table cloth and some fur was used for my costume and I really enjoyed being a part of this for the second time.”

Victoria Davidson, activity coordinator said: “I am very impressed with how the pictures have come out.

“Those who volunteered to be a part were very excited and could not wait to see what the pictures looked like.

“We used a lot of our own equipment at the homes to make props and costumes and it was something we all really enjoyed.

“The pictures have received a lot of interest, so we decided to put them up in the reception area and whenever we have people walking through they stop by and have a look.''

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