Published: Thursday 26th March 2020
Staff at Newark based care home, Bowbridge Court, have selflessly donated stock from their own kitchens alongside generous donations from retailers such as TKMaxx and HomeSense to provide essential food and toiletries to local older people who are currently isolating themselves against the Coronavirus outbreak.
Throughout such unprecedented times, Ideal Carehomes staff continue to go above and beyond their job descriptions by spreading joy and kindness around the local communities of Hawtonville, Newark town Centre, Farndon and Balderton.
Initially thinking their random acts of kindness would benefit 10 local people, the generous boost from local retailers enabled the staff to provide over 30 people with essential goods. Staff were also able to provide parents at local schools with delicious treats for their children who are no longer at school.
Essential goods packages, which were gifted in an Ideal Carehomes Tote bag, included items such as toilet roll, hand soap and sanitiser, long life milk, tea bags, fruit, tinned goods, fish and meat, vegetables, pasta and some sweet treats including biscuits, chocolate and boiled sweets.
Bowbridge Court residents were keen to help staff organise stock and pack bags to be taken door to door. Heather Walker, who has lived at the home for 6 months, said, ‘I think it is excellent that the care team at Bowbridge Court wanted to be involved in providing emergency goods to local elderly people. It is a true testament to their commitment to provide the highest quality care and help the local community.’
Care Assistant, Amber Jex, who went door to door delivering the packages, said, ‘We met so many inspiring and kind people. One lady rejected our parcel as she believed her neighbour was more in need than herself and would rather see her have it. A truly heart-warming gesture which just proves that regardless of the hard times, communities can really come together and be kind to one another. We ensured they both received essential goods and felt truly rewarded for our good deed’.
Claire Gordon-Rundle, Home Manager at Bowbridge Court, said, ‘When I heard that local people were unable to get the necessities they needed, it became apparent that the Bowbridge Court team could really help. Our residents have been fantastic and have really enjoyed putting together our essential goods packages. I am very proud of what we were able to accomplish and hope to be able to continue to provide relief to those who need it most’
Bowbridge Court, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home boasting a hair salon, cinema room and spacious lounges overlooking landscaped sensory gardens. Residents at Bowbridge Court can enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities managed by a dedicated team of carers. For more information about Bowbridge Court, contact Claire on 01636 614 821.