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89-year-old care home resident has fun at paintballing to prove age is just a number

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A young-at-heart resident living at a care home in Cassington in West Oxfordshire went on a paintballing adventure with her friends at the home.

Sheila Woodley, who has been a part of Churchfields Care Home for four years, fulfilled her wish of doing something adventurous before she turned 90.

As part of the home’s Magic Moment scheme, Faye, the activities coordinator at Churchfields, arranged for Sheila to fulfil her wish of going paintballing.


It was a successful event, and Sheila had a wonderful time. The 89-year-old said: “Doing activities like this makes me feel young again. We had so much fun but made such a mess that I felt terrible watching them clean it up!

“I love being mischievous and having fun with Faye, she’s one of the best people I know.”


The idea came about when some of the residents at the home were talking about how age can make them feel restricted, but Faye believed that age had no limits and wanted to prove this to them.

She came up with a list of adventurous activities for the residents to choose from, and they all agreed on paintballing, especially Sheila, who was very excited to try it.


Faye Tanner, who manages the activities programme at Churchfields, said: “I think age shouldn’t limit anyone and all our residents should be able to live their life to the full. It was amazing seeing Sheila have fun and relive her childhood.”

Sharon Rhodes, deputy home manager at Churchfields, said: “Our lifestyle team do the most amazing things for our residents. They ensure our residents have an exciting and engaging lifestyle programme that includes activities, events and surprises.

“We are so pleased that we could make Sheila’s wish come true and look forward to being able to do the same for our other residents this year.”

Churchfields Care Home, a CQC Outstanding Home, is set in the peaceful village of Cassington about 5 miles northwest of Oxford. It offers residential, nursing and dementia care.



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