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Winter Warmers - 23rd December

The gift of giving

Christmas is a time of giving and sharing with those around us, so in today’s Winter Warmer we’re bringing you some heart-warming stories from our homes about small acts of kindness this festive season.

Hallgrath hats appeal


Hallgarth care home in Durham was called upon by a practitioner to help the local hospital who are running low on hats for new born babies.

In a true team effort, residents, families and friends stepped up to the plate and got together to help, crocheting, sewing and knitting hats of all colours and sizes. So far 35 hats have been donated – and they plan to keep on going in the New Year! 

Flowers from afar


The family of a resident who sadly passed away six years ago still send flowers each year to the team at the Domnall care home in Belfast. 

Home Manager Kerrie says “The beautiful flowers and thanks were sent all the way from Canada. It’s lovely that the family still keep in touch and send their thanks so many years later.”

Presents for pets


It’s well known that Christmas can be a difficult time for animals as many unwanted pets are sadly taken to rescue centres to be re-homed both before and after the festive period.

That’s why Northlea Court in Durham has been supporting Northumberland Greyhound Rescue, a charity run by volunteers committed to re-homing ex-racing greyhounds.

Colleagues from the home, families and residents have been donating items to help make the doggie lives at the shelter a little easier over the busy Christmas period. The team at centre were overwhelmed by the volume of goods donated, from food and treats to beds.

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