More than 20 residents and social club members took part and,
for many, it was an opportunity to relive some old memories of
playing with their children and grandchildren.
The bricks were supplied as a gesture of goodwill by Matt
Parkes, the UK and Ireland's Head of Sales for LEGO® Education, who
is also the son of Broadway Garden's social club support worker,
"It's shown me that no matter what age you are you can still
have innovative and creative minds and we are never too old to stop
learning by playing," he said.
Broadway Gardens is one of The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's 29
schemes and villages who are involved in a unique countdown to the
Olympics. The ExtraCare Olympic Challenge aims to cover 25,000
miles (the circumference of the globe), awarded as points for
various activities, before the start of the Olympic Games next
Broadway Gardens has already achieved many points through a busy
programme of events and the stadium building will add to them.
Activities co-ordinator Lorraine Evans said that the event was
enjoyed by all. "We had an opportunity for our residents and social
club members to do something different for our countdown and it
worked. Everyone who took part became focused on the task and had
fun at the same time."
Resident Jean Nicholls (76) said it was a fantastic day. "It was
like being young again and everyone thoroughly enjoyed
And 92-year-old May Phillips didn't think she would be able to
help. "But once I started I enjoyed every minute and it reminded me
of the time when I helped my grandchildren with their building
Left to right in front are May Phillips, Betty Cartwright, Matt
Parkes (centre), Jean Nicholls and Barbara Roberts. Behind are
Maria Parkes and Lorraine Evans.