Care home makes work to look effortless

HELP IS AT HAND Sara Pollard
HELP IS AT HAND Sara Pollard
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Director of Free From Temptation Ltd, Sara Pollard, praises the hard work and dedication of the staff at Fareham care home

Established in 1984, The Avenue Care Home, in Fareham is a family-owned home for the elderly.

Their care is individually tailored to each resident’s needs and they adapt their services as their needs change.

Their aim is to support the residents’ lifestyles whilst maintaining independence and a high standard of living. They have fully trained and qualified staff, which provide 24-hour care for the elderly as well as for those with dementia.

Recently, we were contacted by one of the care home’s staff, Emma Whittingham, who told me they would be holding a charity fundraiser and she asked if it would be possible to provide some cupcakes for their residence.

Anyone who knows me well enough knew this was an opportunity I couldn’t resist and happily agreed to provide them with 12 vanilla cupcakes.

I made a promise to the staff that I would tell their story, one which is often overlooked, when we find ourselves in the heartbreaking situation that we have to accept help to look after those dearest to us.

Emma and the crew at Avenue Care Home, are a delight to all who meet them.

They make the often emotional task of caring for those who need a little assistance or who have different stages of dementia seem effortless.

They are like one big happy family and the feel of the home represents that.

The team are always on hand if someone needs a little reassurance, or let’s face it, like we all need from time to time, a cuddle.

The home is run by Stephen Press and the manager Rita Gramthan, and they have a team of friendly staff members like Emma, and Kerry Jackson who organised the 1940s-themed fundraiser for Dementia UK.

The fundraiser was a wonderful day, the staff enabled everyone to play games like hook the duck and name the bears.

They held a raffle, a tombola and had a selection of party food – including our delicious cupcakes – whilst dancing to music, some staff even dressed up in 1940s clothes.

In total they raised £476.67 for their efforts.

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n Sara Pollard is originally

from Portsmouth and now lives in Fareham.

She is the award-winning director of Free From Temptation Ltd, in Napier Crescent, which specialises in gluten-free cake and fine confectionary.