Residents of Lakeview Rest Homes prove the saying ‘Charity begins at home.’
This popular idiom refers to helping those who are close to you, Residents, family and staff at Lakeview Rest Homes certainly embraced this concept when voting for the charities that they wish to support throughout the year.
Peter Wood is the director of the Lakeview Rest Homes which are based in Lytham St Annes and comprises The Moorings, Rosewood Lodge, Lake View and Newfield Lodge. Pete explained, “At Lakeview we are committed to supporting local people and local communities. Our greatest achievements were independently raising over £6,500 for the Army Benevolent Fund in 2014, and over £5,000, in 2013, for a local boy suffering from a rare form of cancer. The feelings of working together to achieve such amazing fetes are something our Lakeview community will never forget.”
He went on to say;”This year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary in offering quality care to our elderly vulnerable residents, and rather than hold one single charity event, we are holding a series of smaller events. However, the aim is to try to match the previous levels of support if possible.”
Residents, friend and staff voted for the charities which they wish to support and Jean Brown commented, ‘The management are very good at keeping us informed and asking our opinion about the charities to vote for, the reasons why and then for a vote. It’s great to support a good cause but it is nice for us to know we have a voice in any future achievements.’
Moorings manager Gina Pownall commented, ‘It’s a really important aspect of our care that resident’s views and opinions matter and ensure personal independence and participation in all aspects of their home not just our fundraising activities this year.’
The charities chosen were close to everyone’s hearts, namely Brian House Children’s Hospice and The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
Brian House Children’s Hospice provides specialist care to children and young adults with incurable illnesses and extends assistance to their families.
The Diana Anti-Bullying Ambassador programme is part of the charity, The Diana Award which was founded as a legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Since 1999, the Diana Award has recognised over 45,000 ordinary young people who have made an extraordinary difference to their community.
The main charity event will be ‘The Moorings 80’s Summer Garden Party’ which will be held at The Moorings in St Annes on 22nd July, Family , friends and visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome – so put your Rubiks Cube down, get your legwarmers on and please join us for a fun 80s themed Garden Party as we celebrate 30 years in caring. Have fun with the Bucking Bronco, Face painting, Karaoke, DJ, BBQ and the Club Tropicana Bar.
In addition other fund raising events included:
· Lakeview Lodge ‘Life by the Lake Pimms and Strawberry Party’ on 17 June
· Lytham Club Day on 24th June,
· St Annes Carnival on 8 July
· Lytham Hall Car Rally on 30th July
· Rosewood Lodge ‘Flirty 40’s garden Party on 5th August
· Lytham Wartime Weekend – 19-20th August
To celebrate the occasion Lakeview Rest Home will be distributing free tickets, giving locals and visitors the chance to win a trip in either of their two vintage vehicles. The tickets will go into a draw, and two lucky participants will win an outing, with a friend or family member, in one of the classic cars plus afternoon tea at the prestigious Tea Rooms at Lytham Hall.