Brenda Horsefall from Sunnyview Bupa Care Home in Leeds has been overwhelmed with the response following her request for people to help her knit scarves for each of her 84 friends in time for Christmas.
Helen Seddon, Activities Coordinator at the home, put out a Facebook post asking for knitting squares to be donated in order to help Brenda complete the 84 scarves. The request had such a big response that Brenda has now received knitting squares from around 1000 people as far as Australia and the USA.
Now with over 174 scarves complete, Brenda put the initial idea out when she was asked what she wanted to achieve as her Christmas wish by staff at the home. After agreeing she would like to make something for each of her friends, staff at the home put their heads together on how Brenda was going to get it done in time for Christmas.
The encouragement comes as a part of Bupa’s Never Too Late campaign, which encourages residents live life to the full, whilst setting and achieving new goals. Elsewhere, in-home staff have worked to fulfil residents’ ambitions from meeting a musical icon through to an RAF flight experience.
“I am overwhelmed with the response from people. I would never have believed that we would actually be able to achieve this before Christmas. I now have meaningful presents to give to each resident and I am grateful to everyone who helped me to do this.”
General Manager, Victoria Darlow, explained:
“We try to arrange as many personalised activities like this to encourage residents to continue ticking things off that they want to achieve while they are at the home. Everyone’s got ambitions that they’d like to achieve and being in a care home shouldn’t get in the way of that."
“We are fortunate to be based in a great community, so we thought what better way to help Brenda achieve her goal than by asking the help of others. The residents are so grateful to Brenda for this gift and I think we were all quite overwhelmed with the response we’ve had so far.”
Bupa Sunnyview House is purpose built and welcomes anyone in need of nursing or residential care, including those living with dementia. Residents are offered a full programme of regular and seasonal activities, as well as 24-hour access to highly trained medical and care staff.