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Westgate House Supports Local Church Christmas Appeal

Westgate House Care Centre champions Christ Church’s ‘Shoe Box Appeal’, providing many gifts for children in need during Christmas 2022.

This Christmas, local community charities support Westgate House has participated in its local church’s fundraiser for the ‘Samaritan Purse Operation Christmas Child’ initiative. Members of the public can kindly donate a variety of items to fill a shoe box, giving children in need a wonderful gift for Christmas. Westgate House aimed to fill twelve shoe boxes to give back to the local community.

In light of their fundraiser, the home transformed their ‘Happy Box’ into a donation box specifically for the children’s appeal. The ‘Happy Box’ is a Westgate Healthcare initiative that rewards team members with everyday niceties as a thank you for their excellent work. The home displayed the box in the reception area and promoted it on social media, encouraging contributions from their residents, relatives and team members.

Residents at the home organised, promoted, collected and neatly packaged the shoe boxes with the donated presents, led by Care Home Manager Nancy Currie and supported by the Activities Lead, Rosie Funiciello.

The home exceeded its target of twelve shoe boxes as they managed to fill an extra box with presents, bringing their total to thirteen boxes. The shoeboxes were collected Monday, 16th November, by Mary, their Christ Church contact and friend of Westgate House.

Nancy Currie, Care Home Manager at Westgate House Care Centre, said:
“At our home, we practise helping our communities with humanitarian projects that will positively impact people, places, communities and cultures. We find by working with people and doing good deeds, our team and residents feel fulfilled, especially when we can present to them how their work was being received, used and appreciated.”

Paul, a Resident at Westgate House Care Centre, said:
“It was great! We packaged the gifts with love, and I was happy to see Mary from Church. I am looking forward to doing it again next year!”