PHOTOS: Young and old come together at markets

A GREAT outing for the whole family is how Orana Aged Care resident Josie Champney described the annual hilltop markets.

“It is lovely and there is a bigger crowd than last year,” she said.

Young and old alike made their way to the aged car home on Saturday to get a head start on their Christmas shopping with creations from residents up for sale while community groups entertained the crowd with performances.

Preparations for the market started at the beginning of the year and service manager Kym Zische said it was great to see the residents reaping the rewards for their efforts.

“The residents have really enjoyed making all the things that they have to sell,” she said.

“They want to do something with things that they make so that is how the markets started originally for them to be able to do something with the products they make all year.”

Tried and tested family recipes were dug out for the occasion and the markets included a bonsai show which was two years in the making.

Families visited their relatives for the markets and Lucy English from client services said it was great for all involved.

“I have noticed quite a few of the residents, who wouldn’t normally go out and about, are doing all their Christmas shopping and buying items for their families,” she said.

The community also rallied around the event with businesses donating items for the raffle.

“We couldn’t ask for better support from the community, it has been amazing,” Ms English said.

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