Earlier this year resident and staff at the rest homes, which comprises The Moorings, Rosewood Lodge, Lake View and Newfield Lodge, voted for the local charities which they wish to support this year – namely Brian House Children’s Hospice and The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.
They were delighted to make the first of these donations with £2000 given to Brian House Children’s Hospice. The Hospice provides specialist care to children and young adults with incurable illnesses, and to their families.
Events to raise money for charities will continue throughout the year.
Peter Wood, director of the Lakeview Rest Homes, said, ‘Care comes in many different forms and from our residents perspective, it involves stimulation and choice.
As part of our annual events schedule our residents are involved in the planning, organisation and decision making, this includes the decision on the charities we all plan to support for the year and the format of many of the events.
We like to think of ourselves as a community so this process also involves residents, their families and their team.
This year we are celebrating our 30th year in offering quality care. As a result our events reflect that, including our big summer showcase, which was a 1980s themed Summer Garden Party. In addition to a host of fun activities, such as face painting, Magicians, a Bucking Bronco and a 200 bottle Tomobola, we also had a charity auction and raffle which included prizes such as Football memorabilia donated by Manchester United and Lionel Messi, to House of Commons wine, signed by The Prime-Minister, as well as tickets to cricket and football matches. It really is in a good cause”
Resident Jean Taylor said, ‘I was delighted when I learned we were supporting Brian House Children’s Hospice, as it was my nomination amongst the list of good causes.
I am from a nursing background and whilst long retired, the plight of the young children was one of the hardest things to come to terms with.
I think that the selection of the Diana anti-bullying charity fits in well with that ethos too”
Resident Anne Lord said, ‘Organising the events can be hard work but it is stimulating and there is satisfaction in knowing that as part of a team, we are still able to make a difference to people less fortunate to us.’