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Thirsk Care Home Residents Give Back to Local Community

Published: Thursday 19th December 2019

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Throughout December, residents at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk, have been collecting items for their reverse advent appeal. The home wanted to find a way to give back to the local community and decided to collect and donate essentials to the Thirsk Homeless Organisation this Christmas.

The reverse advent appeal began on the 1stof December when residents donated a gift rather than receiving something for each day of advent.

Friends and families of residents were also encouraged to join in and following such a great turn out of donations, the team were able to hand over their contributions much sooner than anticipated. Amongst the items collected were sleeping bags, tents, sleeping mats, warm clothing, toiletries, female hygiene products, food vouchers and more.

The Thirsk Homeless Organisation was set up in October 2018 by Beth Evans after she took part in a charity sleepout. Following a growing demand for the organisation’s assistance, Rachel Duffield later joined to help founder, Beth, collect the charitable donations.

Rachel personally visited Hambleton Grange to meet with the residents and collect the hamper.

Gerry Murray, resident at Hambleton Grange, said ‘I think it is important we give back at a time when so many have so little. I am pleased to have been there to hand over the basket, it felt good knowing it will help someone’.

Nikki Higgins, Home Manager, said ‘I am very pleased we have had so many generous donations, I hope it helps in some way to make the homeless people of Thirsk a little bit more comfortable over Christmas. We do something each Christmas to help the local community - last year we donated money to fund Christmas dinners at the local food bank and this year we have supported the Thirsk Homeless Charity.  It is becoming a Hambleton Grange tradition!

Hambleton Grange residential and dementia care home is operated by Ideal Carehomes and is proud to be rated as 'Good' by the Care Quality Commission. The home has all the finishing touches you would expect, with cosy fire places, attractive décor and freely accessible, secure, gardens. All 50 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible.