Lancaster care home offers grants to help combat loneliness

Laurel Bank care home in Lancaster is launching three grants totalling £30,000 in the name of former Barchester resident Jeanette Gill, who generously donated part of her legacy to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

By Gayle Rouncivell
Friday, 21st January 2022, 3:45 pm
Laurel Bank care home.
Laurel Bank care home.

The foundation is calling for deserving local charities and community groups to apply for these special awards.

Named in her memory, the Jeanette Gill Special Awards are open to groups and individuals in need in our local community, and will be awarded to projects that enrich lives and encourage an active lifestyle through arts, music, sports and culture for older people or adults with a disability, or those that may have challenges with mental health.

There are three awards available:

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* £15,000 GOLD AWARD (open to groups)

* £10,000 SILVER AWARD (open to groups)

* £5,000 BRONZE AWARD (open to individuals)

The foundation is particularly interested in innovative initiatives that tackle isolation and loneliness, and which bring sustained outcomes and positive changes for the people benefiting.

To find out more about how to apply for a Jeanette Gill Award, click here.

The closing date for applications for this round is February 28.

Dr Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare and chairman of the foundation, said: “We were extremely touched that one of our residents donated so generously to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

"We thought it would be fitting to create these flagship grants in her honour and memory as a tribute to the lives she is helping. The charity does so much for local communities throughout the country to tackle and reduce loneliness for many people, and these grants will make a big difference to those in need. We hope to honour her legacy for many years to come.”

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation supports older people and other adults living with a disability by giving grants to help improve independence and quality of life.

For more information on Barchester’s Charitable Foundation, contact the Grants Management Team on 0800 328 3328 or email [email protected]