Staff and residents at a local County Durham care home have raised hundreds of pounds for their residents through a family fun fayre.
The fayre at Heather House in Birtley featured miniature ponies, a singer, a guitar player, a tombola, raffles and cake extravaganza. Some management staff volunteered for wet sponge throwing activity to boost donations.
Residents have chosen to use the money raised from the fayre to further enhance their garden.
The care home manager, Tanya Robson, said: “The fayre was an absolute success. Not only did we manage to raise over £260, but we all had such a great day.
“We used the space at the back of the home as a pony enclosure, so some of the residents had the chance to walk the ponies independently. They really enjoyed it, and I’m sure they’ll be talking about it for a long time now.
“The residents have been planning to change the space outside of the home for a while and now that we have raised the money they can finally do it. Spending time in the fresh air and the garden is great for our residents, so we’re delighted that they can finally put their plans into action and create something they can all enjoy.”
The fundraising event also allowed residents to release their individual wish balloons filled with helium.
Tanya added: “This fundraising activity was planned purely with residents in mind. The garden is an important space to them and the balloon release added an extra personal touch.”
Heather House is a part of Executive Care that has 27 homes in the North East and across the country providing excellent quality residential, nursing and memory care.
Chief executive David Harrison said: “It’s great that the residents want to use the outside spaces at Heather House, and make an effort to personalise it themselves. We always encourage such creative activities, I look forward to seeing what they choose to do with the space.”
Heather House currently has 11 residents with learning and physical disabilities. They are planning on spending the money raised on garden furniture, plants and water features.