Makeover marvels brighten care home

Staff from Lloyds Bank Insurance decorate the Christmas tree at the James Burns House Leonard Cheshire

Staff from Lloyds Bank Insurance decorate the Christmas tree at the James Burns House Leonard Cheshire

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STAFF from Lloyds Bank-ing Group Insurance helped the disabled residents of a Bournemouth care home wrap up their Christmas presents.

Volunteers from the bank’s Holdenhurst Road office have been helping to give Leonard Cheshire Disability’s James Burns House in Muscliff a makeover on one day each month since April.

They have painted the rooms in the residents’ preferred colours, replaced fencing, fixed paths and tidied up the garden and getting rid of weeds which can catch in wheelchairs, using equipment donated by the firm.

On Thursday a group of eight volunteers helped the residents wrap the presents they have bought for family and friends.

Tracey Fudge, volunteer co-ordinator at the charity, said their hard work was appreciated in the current financial climate.

“As with everyone else, money is tight for us at the moment, and most funds we raise go to our normal day-to-day stuff,” she said.

“To have these guys giving us their time to brighten up the place and buying the materials is amazing and really, really generous; we appreciate it.

“In the New Year we are hoping to arrange for the volunteers to take some of the residents out bowling for the day.”

James Dunsby, of Lloyds Banking Group Insurance, said: “This year we have been making a big effort to engage with our local community, and establishing a positive volunteering relationship with James Burns House has been one of the highlights of the year for us.

“We recognise that by providing regular help we can really make a difference to this fantastic service in our community.”

The charity is looking for more volunteers to help out.

Call Tracey Fudge on 01202 523182 or email tracey.fudge@lcdisability.org.

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