Chapel Fields Care Home has welcomed a new Home Manager, Rachael Starkey. Rachael previously managed Claybourne, an MHA dementia care home in Stoke-on-Trent. Rachael replaces Andrew Bradley-Gibbons, who left Chapel Fields at the end of December. I am sure you will join us in wishing Rachael every success in her new post.
Over November and December we raised over £494 with our Bingo & Hotpot supper and our Christmas Fayre. We had a huge response from local businesses who gave us their support by donating prizes. Our Activities Co-ordinator, Sandra, worked very hard to organise everything. She has now been able to use some of this money to purchase an interactive tablet for the residents to use. This will enable our residents to reminisce by looking at online images of places and people that are familiar to them, listen to music and engage with quizzes. We would like to say a big thank you to all of our staff and volunteers who contributed their time and energy to help Sandra with these events. They really helped in making them a huge success.
As well as our fundraising activities, we also welcomed several choir groups into the home throughout December. On the evening of the 20th December, the home had a special visit from two of Santa’s reindeer! We also organised an exciting Christmas party, with festive food and music. None of our events and fundraising efforts would be possible without the support of our volunteers. We now have twelve volunteers at Chapel Fields and we are extremely grateful for all the hard work and dedication that they give to our residents. They are supporting our residents in many different ways. As well as fundraising, our dedicated team help with gardening, befriending, music and activities.
The challenge for 2013 is to gain more dedicated support on our specialist dementia unit through befriending activities. If you are looking to do something new to help your community in 2013, perhaps you could spare some time to help us in your church, circuit, community group or in the home. If so, we would love to hear from you! Contact Ella Turner on 01928 734743 to find out more.
The staff and residents here at Chapel Fields would like to thank the local churches for their continued support. We look forward to building on our close relationship throughout 2013.
Written by the Minister & Members