Exmouth care home launches new grant to tackle loneliness

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Frankie from Raleigh Manor Care Home in Exmouth. - Credit: Raleigh Manor

A care home in East Devon is launching three new local community grants.

Raleigh Manor care home in Exmouth is launching three grants totalling £30,000 in the name of a former Barchester resident, Jeanette Gill, who  donated her legacy to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation. The Foundation is now calling for  local charities and community groups to apply.

The Jeanette Gill Special Awards aoffer a a £15,000 gold award, a £10,000 silver award which are both open for groups to apply, and a £5,000 bronze award open to individuals.

Dr Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare and Chairman of the Foundation, said: “We were extremely touched that one of our residents donated so generously to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation. We thought it would be a fitting to create these flagship grants in her honour and memory as a tribute to the lives she is helping. The charity does so much for local communities throughout the country to tackle and reduce loneliness for many people, and these grants will make a big difference to those in need. We hope to honour her legacy for many years to come.”

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation is a registered charity that helps older people and other adults with a disability across England, Scotland & Wales. Their mission is to make a difference to the lives of older people and other adults with a physical or mental disability; supporting practical solutions that lead to increased personal independence, self-sufficiency and dignity. This year their focus is connecting or re-connecting people with others in the community and combating loneliness.

The scheme will award projects that enrich lives and encourage an active lifestyle through arts, music, sports and culture for older people or adults with a disability, or those that may have challenges with mental health.

Raleigh Manor is a purpose-built home that offers 24 hour residential care for older people, including those living with dementia.

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To find out more about how to apply for a Jeanette Gill Award please visit www.bhcfoundation.org.uk. The closing date for applications for this round is 28 February 2022.