This week our homes will be joining in efforts to raise money for Children in Need. We thought we would take this opportunity to tell you about another charity we support helping children. For the last two years Peninsula Care Homes has paid for hotel accommodation for the children at Heathrow on their last night in the U.K., which has been greatly appreciated by the children, their group leader and the charity.
The Chernobyl disaster occurred on 26th April 1986 when the fourth reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant near Belaurus exploded. It is thought it will take 400 years to rid the area of contamination.
Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline was established in 1992. Because of the charity some 60,000 children from Belarus have visited Britain. Whilst here they receive some basic medical attention including dental care and eye examination. The month break is thought to boost their damaged immune system and improve their quality of life.
Our local Totnes & South Hams link hosted 8 children last year. They arrived in Devon with no English, very little clothes for their month stay. In addition to medical treatment they got to enjoy Devon. Each year a range of fun activities are enjoyed which can include a ride on a Rib, tea party at the Winking Prawn in Salcombe, horse riding, surf lesson, first trip to the seaside and making sandcastles, visits to local attractions. They return home after their medical treatment, fun in Devon and a huge bag full of clothes for themselves and to share with their siblings.
If you think you could host two children or donate please visit www.ccll.org.uk
Following last year’s success Coppelia residents have decided to support Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’. They are hoping to beat last year’s donation of 12 boxes.
When making up a box you decide boy or girl and which age bracket you would like to support. This year I’ve prepared a box for a boy and a girl both in the 2-4 age bracket. You also pay £3.00 towards shipping each box.
If you’d like to donate some new items, Coppelia are more than happy to receive donations. The local collection is November 5th but they will take boxes after that date to the main collection point too.
Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches. Since 1990, 124 million children have received a Christmas shoe box in over 150 countries. We hope you’ll join us in helping children worldwide this Christmas.
June 1-12th is Volunteer’s Week Celebrations, a time to thank over 21 million people who volunteer in the UK. Those 21 million are shining examples of how we can all make a difference to individuals and communities.
We would like to encourage you to get involved with our homes. The volunteering opportunities are diverse and we could use your skills and talents to help others. It’s about giving your time, making friends, sharing hobbies/ interests and creating new experiences.
We welcome any suggestions but ideas could include helping a gardening club, help the knitting group, reading, accompanying residents on a trip or just come enjoy tea & cake and reminisce. We would love to have volunteers of any age as everyone plays a vital role in making connections, improving lives.
We believe volunteers would complement our staff and would have a big and positive impact on the quality of life for those in our homes. Research suggests that volunteering has health as well as social benefits. In addition it brings a sense of pride, satisfaction and knowledge of giving back to society.
We would love to hear from you if you are interested to know more, contact the home manager and arrange a visit to the home. We will need satisfactory enhanced DBS (free of charge) prior to starting and an understanding of what you’d like to do.