Care Homes and Domestic Carers
Domestic carers haven't received much attention, despite the vital care they provide and the fact that they are in close contact with those they look after. So, we have contacted local organisations and distributed gifts of hand cream and chocolates:
We know that local care homes are providing a fantastic service in really tough times. We are supporting eight by:
* Manufacturing PPE - laundry bags and head comforters (fabric headbands with two buttons attached, so that the elastic which secures masks is looped round the buttons rather than the ears). We delivered our first batch recently:
The care homes have so far requested just over 150 laundry bags and 250 head comforters - we are well on the way to delivering these. Next target 100,000?
* We've also made a small gift of chocolates (naturally!) and hand cream to each local care home (carers must wash their hands many times a day so the cream helps with dry skin).
Great Community Spirit
More good news and an example of how people are pulling together to help our NHS and Care Worker ‘Heroes’ during this Covid-19 emergency!
Volunteers from several outlying villages, including Fladbury, Cropthorne, Lenchwick, Dumbleton, Charlton and Lower Moor as well as from Evesham Town itself, Evesham Rotary and Rotary in the Vale came together over the past few weeks to produce a range of items of PPE for donation to our local health services. Following on from donations to hospitals in Worcester, Redditch and Droitwich attention turned to recognising our own local Care Home Workers.
Nearly 400 Care Workers in 8 homes in and around the town were identified. To start off with they all received small gifts in recognition of their hard work of chocolates and hand lotion donated by the Rotary Club of Evesham.
‘Who doesn’t need chocolates and hand lotion at the moment? Bring on expanding waistlines and softer hands!”, said the staff at Briarlee Care Home!
Following on from this, a team of volunteer sew-ers from the villages produced hundreds of laundry bags, headbands, face mask extenders and ‘fiddler muffs’ that were delivered to each of the Care Homes.
Over 500 items were delivered! - laundry bags, headbands, face-mask extenders and fiddler muffs
Evesham Rotary President Elect, Trevor Battersby said, “We have been delighted to co-ordinate this effort, which has achieved a magnificent result in a very short space of time. Our Club was also pleased to provide financial support to De Montfort surgery to help them prepare for the emergency and continue to offer whatever help we can to the Foodbank operated by Caring Hands in the Vale. These initiatives are exactly what Rotary Clubs across the country are about and we are proud to support our local communities here in Evesham and The Vale.”
Thanks to all concerned!
PPE and other items produced for Evesham Care Home workers
and Domestic Care workers
I am astounded by your achievements! In less than four weeks, since we first came together as a community team to produce PPE items for Evesham’s Care workers, you have produced some 837 items, 800 of which have been delivered to the Care Workers we wanted to acknowledge. In doing this, you achieved the target of providing each one of them with whatever they had requested – laundry bags/headbands/extenders – and even added a few ‘Fiddler Muffs’ for people living with dementia. Well done indeed!
Here below is a table showing a breakdown of what happened during May;
Laundry bags 270
Mask extenders 110
Fiddler Muffs 14
In reserve - 9 laundry bags and 28 headbands
Grand total of items delivered = 800
Grand total of items produced = 837
We can tell you that we have received many emails expressing grateful thanks from the recipients together with a few photos. We are in the process of posting them on the website and Facebook page of the Rotary Club of Evesham for everyone to see. You probably also all know that the Evesham Journal included an article in last week’s edition. Please let me know if you would like your own copies of any of these and I will email them to you.
From Rotary’s point of view, we think we can draw this project to a close now. We want to thank everyone once more for all your efforts and would ask that you pass on the spirit of this letter to any friends in your circle who have contributed to this result. Please do not hesitate to contact us in future if you think our Rotary Clubs can help in any way with community or charity issues in our area.
President Elect; 2020-2021
Rotary Club of Evesham