Our cherished residents here at Honey Lane have received so many letters and gifts from local children and relatives alike during this unsettling time of social distancing and lockdown, to let them know that, even though they are apart, they are not alone. It brought so much joy to us all when we received incredible artwork by the school children who usually visit and read to us, and we have spent hours writing heartfelt letters of thanks back to them.
As well as these artistic gifts, we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of donations from local businesses who have surprised us with wonderful surprises for our residents to enjoy.
We were all particularly excited when we were gifted an array of flowers and compost from the wonderful Debbie Davine, which everyone got involved in potting and planting in the garden. It became our fun Spring project that brought residents and carers together in a creative way for days.
It has been these gestures, from local friends and companies alike, that have truly touched us; the effort the local community has gone to, to stay connected and let our residents know they are still a much-loved part of this neighbourhood, has strengthened our community bond even tighter than ever.
And we were all overjoyed when our very own central office sent over treats for our carers and resident to enjoy; one day it was an ice cream van, the next it was a surprise batch of lollipops and snow cones. We were even sent sensory packs of oils and creams designed to trigger beautiful memories. Such simple gestures to let us know we are, as ever, in their hearts and minds – they were greatly appreciated and went down a treat!