2017 was a great year for the residents, staff and families across Whitgift Care. The Homes won awards, held fantastic events and the Whitgift Care family grew as new 1596 Club members were welcomed.
Find out more about some of the achievements and most memorable events of 2017:
Our 2017 awards and achievements:
Both Whitgift House and Wilhelmina House have received the Soil Association Gold Food for Life award for the quality of the food served to Whitgift Care residents.
Wilhelmina House received the St Christopher’s End of Life Care award for completing the Steps to Success Programme. The rigorous training programme has allowed staff to develop valuable new skills to better support residents nearing the end of their life.
Having opened its services in 2016, the 1596 Club has grown from strength to strength, offering daily activities, hot meals, personal care and even a free trial day. The Club takes place at two of Whitgift Care’s existing homes: Wilhelmina House in Park Hill Rise and Whitgift House, South Croydon. Find out more by reading 1596 club member Margret’s story.
The Whitgift Care Summer Garden Parties are always a highlight of the annual events calendar. The Homes collectively raised over £2200 for charities and resident’s social funds.
- Wilhelmina House raised a fantastic £500 for the Royal Marsden Hospital through generous donations and raffle and games.
- An incredible £1400 was raised at the Whitgift House which will go towards the residents’ social fund throughout the year.
- The Whitgift Almshouses Garden Party raised over £250 which was split between Shelter and the Minster Sunday School.
Events and activities:
The Whitgift Care Challenge took place several times throughout the year, residents from all three Homes and the 1596 Club gathered for games, puzzles and quizzes. It was a great opportunity for residents to catch up with one another and meet new people. Who will win this year?
Residents enjoyed raising money and awareness for charities close to their hearts. The Almshouses and Whitgift House residents supported Samara’s Aid Appeal by loving making cardigans, blankets and several tiny newborn baby booties which helped some of the 23.5 million people in Iraq and Syria.
In aid of Trinity School’s trip to Malawi Whitgift House held a coffee morning, residents raised £150 for the charity Hope4Malawi, the money will go towards the feeding programme and educational toys for the children.
Whitgift Care joined over 100 guests from local residential homes and care groups across Croydon at Trinity School to raise funds for the Croydon NSPCC branch, the event raised £650.
The Homes welcomed several charities and organisations for talks and workshops:
- Macmillan Cancer Support visited residents informing them about the signs and symptoms of cancer.
- Age UK demonstrated the importance of a healthy blood pressure.
- The Stroke Association gave information on what a stroke is, how to reduce their risk of having a stroke and useful memorable tips to reduce the impact of stroke.
To celebrate the 200 year anniversary of Dulwich Picture Gallery opening its doors to the public, Whitgift House welcomed the gallery to the Home for a celebratory workshop.
A variety of special animals ranging from cuddly guinea pigs to adorable alpacas provided by the friends at Mill Cottage Farm Experience visited Whitgift Care residents, friends and family at Whitgift House.
Fairfield Arts Board brought items from the Fairfield archive. Fairfield Halls is close to many of our residents’ hearts as many have worked, performed and been spectators at various events and shows.
Whitgift Foundation events:
Old Palace students brought laughter and cheer to residents on several occasions throughout the year, residents particularly enjoyed the prep school’s special musical rendition of the nativity.
The annual Trinity School Christmas community party was a joyous evening for the School’s 160 guests which included our Whitgift Care residents. Guests were entertained by superb performances from the Drama Department, Trinity’s Big Band, talented pianists and Sixth Form carollers, who led a Christmas Carol sing-a-long.
Our Whitgift Care activities staff are planning fantastic activities, events and day trips for residents to enjoy throughout 2018.