Open all hours! Night-time challenge to fund shop project for Telford care home

Staff and relatives from a Telford care home have spent the night braving the elements in a challenge to raise funds for a new facility for residents.

The team of 12 from Lightmoor View in Telford spent the night under the stars in Apley Woods from 7pm on September 9 to 7am the following day in a bid to raise £2,000 towards buying a summerhouse for the grounds of the home that cares for older people with dementia.

The summerhouse will be converted into a working shop so residents can buy items such as everyday essentials, newspapers and sweets and retain their independence in a safe environment.

Lightmoor View is run by Coverage Care and cares for up to 75 residents at any time. It already has a caravan in the grounds so residents can reminisce about holidays gone by and a menagerie of pets that they help to care for.

Jane Watson, Nurse Manager at Lightmoor View, said: “We choose the challenge as a different type of fundraising activity and spent 12 hours braving the elements.

“Lightmoor under the Stars was also a great team building and bonding exercise and knowing it was raising money for such a good cause meant everyone was in good spirits.

“The shop will be a great way to help our residents carry on with a familiar task that they would have done prior to their dementia and keep their brains active for as long as possible.”

Those who took part in Lightmoor under the Stars included Jane, activity co-ordinator Jenni Ellis and relative Jane Cowdell alongside nurses and care assistants.

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