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Going above and beyond

Matt's story

The feedback from staff and relatives has been great. Most of our residents who walk past it will stop and look to see it going round. Even the relatives who kindly let me use their names have popped in to see it.

Matt

Back in April 2018, one of our Activity Co-ordinators, Mike Jessop, purchased a small Hornby train set for the residents here at Humphry Repton House. Once it arrived, he asked myself if I could create a layout for the train to run round for our residents to watch and hopefully interact with. Once we found a suitable space for the layout to eventually sit, the fun began.

Between April and November when I had a spare hour or two, or a day off work, I spent my time creating the layout that would eventually sit in the home. My dad very kindly donated some extra track and a few buildings and decorations for this layout that I used to have on mine when I was a child.

Everything had to be built either from scratch or from a kit for most of the buildings. From the village to the hills, to applying the grass and ballast to the track side.

I wanted to incorporate some of our residents who have passed into the village somehow, so I set about contacting a few of the family members who were more than happy for me to use their relatives’ surnames for certain aspects of the village. From the name of the pub to the shops and even a couple of vehicles like a removal van. We also wanted it to be interactive, so I then wired up some lights for the street in the shops and church and even a couple of vehicles have headlights that residents can turn on and off.

My 7 year old son even helped with some of the project and came into the home with me in November to help install the layout into its new home.

The feedback from staff and relatives has been great. Most of our residents who walk past it will stop and look to see it going round. Even the relatives who kindly let me use their names have popped in to see it.