Elderly residents at a Spilsby care home look set for more fun excursions thanks to a supermarket’s year of fundraising and other kind donations.
Sainsbury’s recently presented £2,500 to Eresby Hall’s new vehicle fund, raised through a variety of quiz nights, musical events and even a skydive, held in support of its chosen charity for 2013.
Home manager Helena Shelton was delighted with the generous donation, which she says has made ‘really positive’ inroads towards the purchase of a new disabled access minibus.
“We just want to say a massive thank you to Sainsbury’s on behalf of Eresby Hall and the residents,” she said.
The residents also raised a significant sum through their own efforts, which, alongside contributions from Spilsby Lions and the Women’s Institute, has helped top the £3,500 mark.
“The new vehicle will help the residents access more leisure activities - simple things like going on a day out to Skegness to visit the beach,” added Helena.
Sainsbury’s public relations ambassador Charlie Blades, who raised more than £600 during a 15,000 foot skydive last year, says the staff were only too happy to help such a worthy local cause.
“It’s brilliant that we’ve been able to support the local community - we don’t have many charities in Spilsby so it’s nice to be able to do something local,” she said.
Charlie has also discovered a new passion for hurling herself from aeroplanes after picking up the skydiving bug during her sponsored challenge.
“It was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to do it again,” she said.
Having supported Spilsby’s elderly community last year, Sainsbury’s has focused its fundraising attention on the younger generation for 2013 by choosing Great Steeping Primary School as its latest benefactor.
Eresby Hall will be opening its doors to the public this Friday for National Care Home Open Day, offering people the chance to see the facilities available on site.
During the day, which runs from 11am to 3pm, there will be a session on the Lincolnshire dialect, a chance to play some pub games and the offer of a cream tea in the afternoon.
“Come along and enjoy the Eresby experience,” said Helena.