With thanks to the Stanford-le-Hope fundraising team
A care home for the elderly in Grays was overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community over the festive period.
Residents from Elisabeth Gardens on Long Lane in Grays were stunned when the local community and the Stanford-le -Hope Fundraising Team turned up with dozens of presents.
The presents included toiletries, key rings, torches, pyjamas and chocolate.
Paul Luke who leads the Stanford-le-Hope and surrounding area’s fundraising team, said: “We thought that the older community of Gray’s really deserved some Christmas presents. We always take presents to local hospices but this year we wanted to cover the whole community.
“We visited Elisabeth Gardens, along with hospices, over Easter and gave the residents Easter eggs but this Christmas we had the idea to take them Christmas presents too.”
Andre Alzapiedi, a son of one of the residents, wrote to Paul and the team to thank them for the presents. He said: “My father is a resident at Elisabeth Gardens and is suffering from early stages of dementia. This has been clearly noticeable for around two years but I believe he has had it for much longer.
“We believe he has inherited it from his mother who displayed almost identical symptoms to his. At the moment he can recognise all of his family although he has difficulty with some names.
“The exceptionally kind gifts were unexpected and very much appreciated. My father took great delight in opening the parcel and discovering what was inside.
“The key torches have now become items that he treasures. This was such a kind gesture, I am truly thankful to Paul and all your fellow fundraisers.”
Emma, a senior carer at Elisabeth Gardens said: “It was such a lovely surprise. We are truly grateful to Paul and the team. We are thrilled that Elisabeth Gardens got thought of.
Our residents all had a big smile on their faces when they opened their presents.”
Elisabeth Gardens is a development of 65 extra care apartments with a range of faculties including a hobbies room, hair salon and a restaurant.