Recycling for residential care

Posted on 08 July 2016 by Charity Car

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Charity Car has a new Partner of the Month and we're delighted to announce it is the wonderful Abbeyfield! This charity started in 1956 with just a single house in London and now has 500 homes across the country where older people can live happy, safe and companionable lives. This year Abbeyfield are celebrating 60 years of their amazing work!

Abbeyfield residential home

There is much more to this cause than simple residential care... Abbeyfield's homes specialise in services for older people including facilities such as dementia friendly gardens. They also run a 'Sharing Sundays' scheme so isolated older people from the local community can come to Abbeyfield homes for home-cooked meals.

Abbeyfield resident has a chat

One of the many great things about donating your old car to Abbeyfield is that you can choose to donate to Abbeyfield as a national charity, or if you want your donation to benefit a particular Abbeyfield home, the charity is happy to make sure the donation goes specifically to that region. Once you've donated your car with Charity Car, all you need to do is email Abbeyfield at and let them know where you would like your donation to go.

But that's enough practical info, let's move on to something Summery! If any of you are lucky enough to be heading to the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show this month make sure you head over to Abbeyfield's 'Breath of Fresh Air' sensory garden created by award-winning designer Rae Wilkinson. The garden has been created to highlight the issue around people with dementia not going outside enough.

Abbeyfield's 'Breath of Fresh Air' sensory garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

April Dobson, head of dementia and innovation at Abbeyfield, said: “If you can imagine not having the confidence to go outside or having a reason to venture outdoors, it’s all too easy to understand the frustrations and distress people with degenerative health conditions including dementia can feel, particularly if they were once active gardeners or enjoyed being outdoors. One-time familiar activities such as digging and planting can trigger happy memories among people with the degenerative condition, while increased levels of Vitamin D from the sun as well as being outside and in touch with nature is proven to reduce agitation and help reduce potential symptoms of depression."

What is exciting about this particular exhibit is that residents from Abbeyfield’s Victoria House in Kew have been helping create the garden. And once the show is over, it will be relocated back at Abbeyfield's Victoria House there for residents, their families, volunteers and visitors to enjoy.
You might be able to help with this fantastic 'Breath of Fresh Air' campaign too... Abbeyfield's new care home near Reading called Winnersh is hoping to finish their own memory garden with a 'vintage' vehicle that might spark happy memories for its residents and visitors. If you know anyone with an old car, scooter or bike form the 50's, 60's or 70's, which doesn't need to run of course as it will just be ornamental, please let us know - Abbeyfield will be thrilled!

Abbeyfield's new care home - Winnersh

Or if you've got a 'non-vintage' car you can still donate the value of it to Abbeyfield so they can continue their brilliant work 

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