The residents, family and staff at the Valorum Care Group home have been buying extra toiletries and food to use them as prizes in the bingo, with the winners donating them to the local Ukraine collection point.
Peter Bradley, Activities Coordinator, said: “I was talking to the people we support about what activities we wanted to plan, and we soon got chatting about the situation in Ukraine. They’ve been watching the news and have obviously been very distressed at the events and wanted to find a way to help.”
“We usually do bingo a couple of times a week so we came up with a plan to do a bingo night where all the prizes would be donations that we’d take to the local donation centre along with a letter from the residents.”
“One of the people we support used to serve in the military. He fought in Bosnia, and he has been greatly affected by the Ukraine situation. So much so that he took himself off to Tesco and bought toiletries including sanitary towels, toothpaste, and canned soup, for prizes. It was important for him to help in any way he could, and the bingo event gave him the chance to do that.”
“We dropped off the full box of prizes along with the letter the people we support had written and asked if the letter could stay with the donations because we wanted the people receiving the donations to know that we were thinking of them.”
The care home wants to run more bingo sessions for the Ukraine appeal and is asking for donations. Anyone who wants to donate can call 01422 831981.
White Windows is a residential care home which provides accommodation and personal care to people with a wide range of physical disabilities, neurological conditions and complex support needs.
The home supports individuals who may have cerebral palsy, an acquired brain injury or stroke, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida or hydrocephalus, as well as individuals living with Parkinson’s or Huntington’s Diseases.