A care home and homecare provider has donated more than £1,600 to the Australian Red Cross to help communities and animals affected by the Australian bushfires.
The Healthcare Homes Group, which has 37 care homes in East Anglia and the South, along with 12 homecare branches, encouraged its staff and teams to join fundraising efforts, hosting events within their communities.
Sixteen homes arranged fundraising activities to coincide with the official Australia Day at the end of January, inviting local people, friends, relatives and staff to join them in coming together to raise funds; a grand total of £1,657 was raised.
Events held included an ‘Australia-themed day with fancy dress, a ‘name the koala’ and kangaroo hop race in Meadow House, Norfolk, a Bush Tucker Trial challenge at Suffolk’s Barking Hall nursing home, afternoon tea with traditional Anzac cake in Peterborough’s Park House, coffee mornings at homes across the group and a jumble sale and tombola at The Hillings in Eaton Socon.
Anthony Beorby, Operations Director (Care Homes), Healthcare Homes Group said, “I’m so pleased that as a group, we have been able to contribute towards the global support being offered to Australia.
“Our homes and homecare branches are full of staff, residents and clients that enjoy doing all they can to support good causes, and we were overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and passion from our teams when we asked for their help.
“I would like to thank everyone who came and supported our events, buying teas and coffees and taking part in raffles and draws. We have been moved and devastated by the impact the forest fires have had on the people and animals of Australia and hope that that our donation will make a small difference in the recovery efforts that are so desperately needed.”