Nominations open for grants set up in honour of care home resident - The Solihull Observer

Nominations open for grants set up in honour of care home resident

Solihull Editorial 11th Feb, 2023   0

A BALSALL Common care home has announced it’s offering grants in memory of a former resident.

Harper Fields care home will be giving out three grants totalling £30,000 in honour of Jeanette Gill, who donated part of her legacy to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

The Foundation is calling for deserving local charities and community groups to apply for these special awards.

Named in her memory, the Jeanette Gill Special Awards are open to groups and individuals in need in our local community, and will be awarded to projects that enrich lives and encourage an active lifestyle through arts, music, sports and culture for older people or adults with a disability, or those that may have challenges with mental health.

The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative initiatives that tackle isolation and loneliness, and which bring sustained outcomes and positive changes for the people benefitting.

This year will mark the last round of grants from Jeanette Gill’s legacy.

Dr Pete Calveley, chief executive of Barchester Healthcare and chairman of the Foundation, said: “We were extremely touched that one of our residents donated so generously to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

“We thought it would be fitting to create these flagship grants in her honour and memory as a tribute to the lives she is helping.

“The charity does so much for local communities throughout the country to tackle and reduce loneliness for many people, and these grants will make a big difference to those in need.”

There are three awards available are £15,000 for the gold award which is open to groups, £10,000 for the silver award which is open to groups and £5,000 for the bronze award which is open to individuals.

To find out more about how to apply for a Jeanette Gill Award visit

The closing date for applications is March 26.


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