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Batley Care Home Support Local Families in Need With Foodbank Donations

Published: Wednesday 17th February 2021

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Kind-hearted staff at Yorkshire care home, Lydgate Lodge, are selflessly donating stock from their own kitchens alongside generous donations from the local community to provide essential food and toiletry packages to local people and families who have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns.

The care home team partnered with the West Yorkshire Hardship Project, a charity committed to caring for the community, to create essential goods packages including warm clothes, toiletries including toilet roll and sanitary pads and food including lifelong milk, tea bags, packet and tinned goods, meat and vegetables, bread and pasta, along with some sweet treats such as biscuits, chocolate and gummy sweets.

The team were also able to help donate essential PPE such as masks and hand sanitiser. The food and PPE contributions from the home will go some way to helping ensure that local families and homeless people do not go without and can stay protected from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Residents at the care home helped staff organise stock and pack bags ready to be delivered to the charity. Resident, Dennis Balaam, who has lived at the home since March 2020, said, ‘I think it is excellent that our team wanted to be involved in helping out the community at such an unprecedented time. It is a true testament to their commitment to caring and nurturing for the people around them’

Lifestyle Manager, Maniza Saddique, said, ‘There are so many people throughout the nation that have been heavily impacted by this virus. When we heard the heart-breaking accounts of how some families and their children were not able to obtain the food they needed, it became apparent that we could really help. Everyone at the home has rallied round to gather as many donations as possible and it has been incredibly rewarding to know that we have helped families in the area’.

Home Manager, Gary Kent, said, ‘The team over at the West Yorkshire Hardship Project are incredible in the work that they do, delivering vital support to those that need it the most in our local community, and we just wanted to do our bit to help. The response has been fantastic, and we are really grateful to everyone who has made it possible to spread kindness around a community who continuously supports us and our residents’.

Lydgate Lodge is operated by Ideal Carehomes and has been awarded a ‘Good’ rating by the Care Quality Commission. All 64 bedrooms at the residential and dementia care home are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver dignified and person-centred care. Boasting spacious lounges, a hair salon and cinema room, residents enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities, managed by a dedicated activities coordinator. To contact Lydgate Lodge, please call Home Manager Gary Kent on 01924 355020 or visit