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Care Home Open Week attracts record MP engagement

Some 5,200 care homes across the country took part in Care Home Open Week 2023 – more than double the number of care homes that participated in last year’s campaign.

Residents in care homes across the country joined families, local people and local MPs for events including a colourful Pride Party, and special performances from Care Sector’s Got Talent winners Michael and Charlene.

Led by Championing Social Care, this year’s Care Home Open Week reached 135,000 residents across the care sector and received record engagement from MPs for an event in the sector, with one in five MPs attending a local care home during the week, including Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Chair of the Labour Party Angela Rayner, Former First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office Damian Green and Minister of State for Social Care Helen Whately. 

Special messages of support were also received from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Kensington Palace on behalf of HRH The Prince and Princess of Wales, and the Mayor of West Midlands Andy Street.

This year also saw the launch of the inaugural ‘Great British Care Cycle Relay’, which travelled over 300 miles from North to South over five days, visiting 12 care communities.

The week culminated in Thank You Day, when people across the country were invited to unite in saying thank you by playing, singing and listening to music together.

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