Showmen step in to save care home residents

Storm Arwen William H Clark & Son Funfairs Stanhope
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William H Clark & Son Funfairs stepped in to bring a Stanhope care home back up to heat on Monday, after it was left without power for four days in the wake of Storm Arwen.


Amid freezing temperatures and power outages across the North East, the Showman drove a generator down to the Crosshill Nursing Home in order to help staff care for residents.

“William-Henry and his son William-Abie Clark bringing power to Crosshill Nursing Home in Stanhope, whose 29 residents have been without heat and power since Friday,” reported local farmer Mark Watson via social media. “Top bloke! Proud to have had him as a lifelong friend.”

Before Clark intervened, staff at the Weardale care home had been forced to gather residents in the living room around a small generator, with the home’s manager Julie Percival telling the BBC prior to Clark’s arrival “it has been absolutely Baltic up here.”

“The residents are all wearing coats, hats, gloves and scarves, we’ve got them all wrapped up. It’s upsetting, the staff are stressed but they are working over and beyond and the community has really come together.”

William-Henry’s practical response has now been widely shared on social media, including via the Showman’s Pride group and Weardale Community News.

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