Vale House – President’s Charity 2012-13

Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement, once said “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life.”

The reason I chose Vale House in Sandford-on-Thames as my charity of the year 2012-13 was because I had recently lost a dear Aunt to dementia and as I lived near the care home as well I wanted to support this very worthwhile local charity in memory of my Aunty Glad.

The home is dedicated to caring for people living with dementia and supporting their families and had been newly built. Some landscaping within the courtyard had been completed however around the outside it was still very bare and bleak to look at through the windows. The Club submitted a District grant proposal for purchasing plants, containers, compost and troughs to brighten up the borders and sun terrace and ten members put in sixty-eight volunteer hours to get the work done. The grant also allowed us to purchase a new CQR chair that enables staff to move less mobile residents around the building.

Tricia O’Leary, the care home manager, said

“We are thrilled with the new planting and the CQR chair. It has been a pleasure to have members of the Rotary Club of Oxford Spires involved with Vale House. The planting they have done and the new flower pots on our sun terrace have really enhanced the experience for Residents and their family members. Many thanks”

Lesley Adams
President of Oxford Spires Rotary Club 2012-13

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