Acts of kindness

Bourne View’s Blue Monday idea to banish the winter blues with afternoon tea hampers raised £690 for Lewis Manning hospice.
Bourne View’s Blue Monday idea to banish the winter blues with afternoon tea hampers raised £690 for Lewis Manning hospice.

Our residents and team members continue to support charities and community initiatives with amazing fundraising ideas, generous gift donations and other imaginative acts of kindness.
In the past year, and in spite of the pandemic, our homes and operational support hub have raised a remarkable £16,500 for good causes and brought happiness and good cheer to people across our communities.

Bourne View resident Brian Jones summed up the thoughts of many by saying: “It’s amazing what joy a smile, a song and a hamper delivery can bring.”

Brian was speaking after the Poole home packed and delivered afternoon tea hampers to nearby businesses and organisations who in turn made donations to the Lewis Manning hospice.
Altogether, £690 was raised by the ‘Blue Monday’ initiative, themed on ‘banishing the winter blues’.

As well as homemade treats such as brownies and sausage rolls, each hamper contained a poem with positive, uplifting messages suggested by our residents.

The ideas were gathered in an earlier arts session by our Music and Arts Partner Fiona Pritchard. As the deliveries were being made, Fiona performed a ‘Bye, Bye Monday’ blues song that residents had learned and practised in their session.

One of the businesses to receive hampers was the hospital equipment supplier Courtney Thorne. Spokesperson Barry Vacher said: “What fantastic hampers. Thank you so much, and glad we could contribute to such a great cause as well.”

Bourne View was also the main collection point for our support of the Rotary Club’s annual appeal to help provide gifts for disadvantaged children living with poverty in parts of eastern Europe.

Across our 21 homes, we contributed more than 170 shoeboxes filled with gifts such as toys, gloves, scarves and hand puppets with some items handknitted by residents.

Foodbanks have been another focus for us with demand for their services rising due to growing financial needs and food poverty among UK families. Ringwood Foodbank, which provided an average of 560 meals a week during 2021, thanked our Colten House team for a £725 donation in respects of funds raised at a raffle of prizes donated by members of staff and some of our suppliers.

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