Bringing a little Easter happiness where it is needed the most
Shrewsbury Town teamed up with Storage King to hand out a host of Easter Eggs to the local community.
The Storage King collection meant they had hundreds of eggs, donated from local businesses and the public, with many of them being given to Hope House Children’s Hospice.
So many were donated that Sarah Hopkins, from Storage King, asked Martin James, the head of community development at Shrewsbury Town, for help in finding other deserving causes to receive the chocolate bonanza.
“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of local people to give to this cause," said Sarah. "It was very pleasing when Shrewsbury Town said they could help us and we thank Ryan Woods, one of the players, for coming to the store to help promote the initiative.”
Martin then arranged two visits to provide a little Easter cheer for both young and elderly recipients in Shrewsbury - to Crowmoor House care home and also Bradbury House which helps children and young people with disabilities.
Crowmoor House, opened in 1984 by Harriet Harman, is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in Monkmoor, only a short bus ride from the centre of Shrewsbury.
Crowmoor House offers 24 hour care with fully trained supportive staff for both male and female adults providing single room accommodation for 57 elderly service users and those with a learning disability.
At Crowmoor House they understand that choice and independence is important and seek to maintain this as much as possible.
They are continually fund raising to provide the residents with those little extra luxuries such as trips out and entertainment as well as funding activities.
Some residents have no family members or none that are able to visit as they live abroad and so they are very grateful when donations are given that can make a difference, and when volunteers are able to befriend a resident.
Jan Paterson, registered manager at Crowmoor House, warmly welcomed the Easter gifts.
“Thank you once again for your generosity in donating so many Easter eggs to the home," she said. "It will make a lovely difference to those residents with no family.”
Bradbury House is a short breaks/respite service for children and young people with disabilities.
They support children and young people from the age of five up to 18, providing support to the children and young people, not only in and around the home with day to day activities, but also with outings.
The support provided helps to develop in children and young people self-help and independence skills as well as giving them opportunities to socialise and enjoy various outings both locally and further afield.
Beth Jones, service manager at Bradbury House, said: “The Easter eggs that you have donated will be put to good use on our coffee morning by providing us with "lucky dip" prizes and Easter egg hunt prizes.
"It also means that each of the young people that we support at Bradbury can be given an Easter egg on their next visit to us.
"As I am sure you can imagine this will go down very well with the children and young people.
“From the coffee morning we hope to raise some money to go towards replacing or adding to items in the multi-sensory room at Bradbury House, making the equipment a little more up to date for the children and young people.”