Care home residents cheer on Jack Oliver in BBC's Glow Up

Care home resident Jean Barker from Anchor's Nelson Lodge, in St Neots, is cheering on Jack Oliver in BBC's Glow Up.

Care home resident Jean Barker from Anchor's Nelson Lodge, in St Neots, is cheering on Jack Oliver in BBC's Glow Up. - Credit: Anchor Hanover

A St Neots care home is supporting one of their carers taking part in the BBC’s Glow Up – by holding communal viewings of the show for residents. 

Jack Oliver, a care assistant at Anchor’s Nelson Lodge on Whinfell Road, is one of several competitors looking to become Britain’s next make up star on the show hosted by Maya Jama.  

Luckily, Jack has found a very loyal fanbase in the residents of Nelson Lodge! 

Jack has always been a popular figure at Nelson Lodge, arranging fun activities for residents including a drag show for last year’s pride week. 

Now the residents have been gathering together to cheer on Jack and enjoy the makeup artistry on display.  

“Communal Glow Up viewings” have become a popular event at Nelson Lodge, with new episodes shown in the lounge every Tuesday evening for the residents to enjoy. 

The third episode was particularly enjoyed by the residents, as it included more focus on Jack and their makeup and artwork. Jack also shared how they had been inspired by the residents of Nelson Lodge and some of the artwork produced by former residents. 

Jean Barker, 89, who’s lived at Nelson Lodge for more than two years, said: “It’s incredible to see Jack on the telly, we’re all 100 per cent rooting for them to go on and win!  

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“Jack’s always been wonderful to me ever since I moved into Anchor’s Nelson Lodge, we’ve had so much fun together. 

“It’s been quite fun watching Glow Up together with everyone. I’ve always thought makeup artists were talented but some of the work on the show is just breath-taking - but Jack’s designs are still my favourite.” 

Jack’s colleagues have also been keen to praise them, with many also tuning in to watch the show when they get the chance. 

Sean Mccloskey, manager of Anchor’s Nelson Lodge, said: “Quite simply, Jack’s an inspiration. They’re fantastically talented, as anybody who’s watched Glow Up could tell you, but they’re also a wonderful carer and colleague. 

“All our residents love Jack and the whole team at Anchor’s Nelson Lodge enjoy working with them! 

“They’re always looking for new ways to make our residents feel at home and have fun and we’re so excited to watch them express themselves on TV.”