Grimsby care home proves the elderly aren’t rubbish at art

Care home proves the elderly aren't rubbish at art

Grimsby care home proves the elderly aren’t rubbish at art

Residents at a Grimsby care home have had the chance to see their artwork up in all its glory – on the side of a new bin lorry.

Fairways Care Home residents submitted art and a name suggestion to North East Lincolnshire Council’s bin lorry competition last year and were judged the winners.

Now ‘Justin the Dustbin’ will roll through the streets for everyone to enjoy.

The council visited the care home yesterday (Wednesday) to show off the lorry to those who created it – aged between 84 and 99.

Kim Butters, manager at Fairways Care Home, said: “It is lovely to see our residents engaging with this community project. We didn’t expect to win, it was more about the taking part for us. Our activities co-ordinator Carolyn was instrumental in making this happen for the residents and the home.”

Care home resident Beth said: “It is nice to see this as I think it brightens up the world.”

Violet added: “The lorry looks pretty big with our work on it.”

And Peter said: “It’s nice to see they are getting modern stuff. I’d like to have a go at driving it!”

Care home proves the elderly aren't rubbish at art

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, added: “This competition really was for all ages. We had entries from children as young as four, all the way up to the grand age of 99.

“I want to personally thank Fairways Care Home for getting their residents involved and for their fantastic name suggestion, Justin the Dustbin.

“It’s great that so many people took the time to enter the competition and help spread the word about how important it is to reduce waste and recycle as much as you can.”

Many schoolchildren already have their artwork up on the new fleet of wagons, which have been rolling through the streets of the borough since July.

As a thank you, artwork winners have received a model bin lorry with their drawing on, as well as having their original artwork framed and returned to them.

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