Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon has chosen local charity Diamond Hampers as its charity partner this month. Residents and staff at the care home collected donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for those who are most in need in the community. The donations were presented to the charity at a special Harvest Festival event, where the residents and their loved ones enjoyed a church service led by Reverend Canon Mike Booker from Huntingdon Parish.
Home Manager Susan Dunnell expressed her pride and gratitude for the initiative. “It’s been great to support someone local in our community and give something back to the people of Huntingdon who support us here at Ferrars Hall Care Home,” she said. “We wanted to make this event special and meaningful for everyone involved, especially our residents who have been so generous and kind.”
Lianne Simpson, the founding director of Diamond Hampers, was delighted to receive the donations from the care home. She thanked the residents, staff, and relatives for their contribution and explained how it would make a difference for many people.
“Diamond Hampers is a charity set up to address a huge dignity gap across the community and to develop something that hadn’t been done before. We wanted to be the hands-up that people needed in crisis, not the handout. We aim to provide empowerment, not enablement. We put together a hamper of balanced food, which was a new initiative and unlike the standard food parcel you may expect to receive from a food aid provider. We are very grateful for the support from Ferrars Hall Care Home, as it will help us reach more people in need and show them that they are not alone,” Commented Lianne Simpson.
The Harvest Festival event was also a chance for the residents and their loved ones to enjoy their monthly church service. Reverend Canon Mike Booker performed his normal service, which included prayers, hymns, and readings. He also blessed the donations and praised the care home for their generosity.
Resident Freda said: “I think it’s very important to help others who are less fortunate than us. I’m glad we could do something good for them.”
Resident Liz said: “I liked the church service. It was very uplifting and comforting. I also liked singing along to the hymns.”
Resident John said: “I’m happy that we could support a local charity. I think Diamond Hampers is doing a great job helping people in need.”
Home Manager Susan Dunnell concluded by saying: “Our residents such as Freda, Jim, Liz, and John enjoyed the Harvest Festival service and presentation. We were also joined by a few of our residents’ loved ones who very much felt a part of it. Everyone has joined together so well to provide endless donations for Diamond Hampers, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to everyone involved.”