New Houghton Regis care home, Thorn Springs, have been getting into the spirit of Christmas by helping those who need it most.
Staff and residents in the home kicked off the festive season by offering their support to the Salvation Army, asking the community to donate toys to their Christmas Present Appeal and acting as a drop-off point for donations.
Staff and residents from Thorn Springs then delivered the gifts to the Salvation Army Community Centre in Dunstable, where they could be wrapped and distributed to families in need.
A Salvation Army representative said, ‘We are very grateful to Thorn Springs for supporting our Christmas Present Appeal. It makes such a difference to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford Christmas at all, and to children who wouldn’t have any presents to open at Christmas without it.’
Wanting to help their community further, Thorn Springs visited Keech Hospice Care in Luton to donate some Christmas advent calendars, and Bridge House residential support unit to donate chocolate selection boxes to the families who live there.
89-year-old residents, Barbara Wingfield, said, ‘It’s so nice that we’re in a place where we can help people. It gives me peace of mind that we’ve been able to offer support to our community this Christmas.’
The Home Manager at Thorn Springs, Katie Hughes, said, ‘Since opening our doors in October, we’ve received such a warm welcome from the people of Houghton Regis. We thought Christmas was the perfect time to give back and thank everyone for all the support we’ve already been given.’
Thorn Springs will be inviting their community to an Open Week from 30th January to 4th February, where guests will be able to tour the home, meet the staff, and enjoy various activities with the Thorn Springs residents.
Thorn Springs is a luxury residential and dementia care home operated by Ideal Carehomes. With 66 en-suite bedrooms, the Thorn Springs care team deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible.