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Community rallies to help elderly care home residents

When Bamfield Lodge Care Home approached the local community to help with activities for their elderly residents – they were overwhelmed at the response. 

From loving messages sent by local children and a virtual farm trip – to a Zoom chair exercise class and pledge from Ilminster E-Act Academy to sing carols in the carpark – offers poured in. 

Picture (and above) Messages from The Theatre Box amateur dramatics group. Courtesy of The Theatre Box.

Stacey Gardiner at Bamfield Lodge, who put a call out on Knowle West Alliance Facebook, said: “We have been so overwhelmed with the support we have received from our local community…

“It has been so nice to see the community come together and think of ways they can help. Although we do have a full itinerary of activities happening within the home. Our residents have really missed the outside world and knowing that so many care has been a great support.” 

Lizzie’s Little Farm in Bedminster provided a virtual tour.

On Kindness Day in November, pupils from Ilminster Nursery School also sang a song for the residents – who were so grateful to everyone in the community they shared a poem to say thank you.  

Bamfield Lodge resident Shirley who chose a kindness poem to thank the community.
Picture courtesy of Bamford Lodge Care Home.

Shirley (85) who picked the kindness poem said: “I really enjoyed the exercise class and it is important for a woman of my age to try to keep moving. 

“I feel the community is helping each other and supporting at this troubled time which helps keep the mood up.”  

Staff at Bamfield Lodge join in with online activities. Image courtesy of Bamfield Lodge.