Solihull care home residents give thanks for lockdown 'Letters with Love' - The Solihull Observer

Solihull care home residents give thanks for lockdown 'Letters with Love'

Solihull Editorial 11th Sep, 2020   0

RESIDENTS at a Solihull care home have extended their thanks to support from the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Royal Star & Garter’s staff and residents say they have been ‘bowled over’ by support received since the spread of the virus caused the care homes to close to visitors in March.

Aware that residents would be missing visits from loved ones, volunteers and entertainers, Royal Star & Garter launched its Letters with Love campaign in March, featured in the Observer.

The campaign came about after the residents asked for letters and drawings, saying it “brightens up our days”.

The call brought in a slew of correspondence from people of all ages, and was warmly welcomed by Royal Star & Garter residents.

Hand soap and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have also been donated to the Homes from local groups and schools, and after mass-participation fundraising events such as the London Marathon and Prudential RideLondon cycle ride were cancelled, members of the public helped raise £15,000 for the charity through the 2.6 Challenge.

Senior Community Fundraiser Lauren Baker said: “We’ve been amazed at people’s kindness, love and generosity over these difficult months. Support has come in all different shapes and sizes, from toiletry donations, letters, takeaway dinners and fundraising. It’s allowed us to continue providing exceptional care to our residents.”

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