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Not-for-profit Care Home Receives £5k Garden Boost

Posted in: Foundation Last updated: 30 Jul 2015

Community award from OneFamily offers elderly residents an outside space to enjoy.

A specialist care home in Rattray, which provides around-the-clock care to elderly people with dementia, has received a £5,000 funding boost from OneFamily.
The not-for-profit charitable trust, Hope Park House, will use the funding to build a brand new, state-of-the-art sensory garden for its residents. Set in beautiful grounds, Hope Park House’s garden provides the perfect setting for residents to take a short stroll or simply enjoy a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately its sheer size has hindered its upkeep, which has become unmanageable for its sole gardener.
However, the £5,000 funding boost from OneFamily has offered a helping hand to the care home, providing all of the equipment and support needed to prepare the sensory garden in time for summer. Once completed, the garden will offer a safe-haven for residents and an opportunity to benefit from the simple pleasure of being outdoors.
Margaret Anton, OneFamily customer and supporter of Hope Park House, said: “As a charitable trust, funding for a project like this can be hard to come by. The help from OneFamily means that the residents of Hope Park House, including my husband, will be able to enjoy the simple things in life, such as walking in the garden.

“The residents need love, care and happiness. They do not have the capacity to do things without help, and just being able to enjoy the garden with a carer will make a tremendous difference to their daily lives."

“The residents need love, care and happiness. They do not have the capacity to do things without help, and just being able to enjoy the garden with a carer will make a tremendous difference to their daily lives. We are so grateful to OneFamily for this community award and we’d like to thank all the people who voted for the project.”
As a customer of OneFamily Margaret applied for the funding from the OneFamily Foundation. Although only OneFamily customers can nominate a community project for funding, members of the public are encouraged to show their support via an online vote, with winning projects being those that secure the most votes.

OneFamily is a mutual organisation providing investments, savings, health and life insurance products to help families work together to meet the financial demands of modern life.  As a customer owned business it is run for the benefit of its customers.  The OneFamily Foundation redistributes a portion of the organisation’s profits, and aspires to make £5 million available to customers over the next five years to help them, their families and their local communities. The Foundation has already helped hundreds of customers with personal grants since its launch in 2014, and its funding pot is made possible due to the financial stability of the customer-owned organisation.

Anna Drabble, Head of Community at OneFamily said “We are so pleased that we are able to help Hope Park House provide a little escape for its residents. We appreciate how difficult daily life can be for sufferers of dementia and we’re over the moon that the funding will be put to such good use.”

To find out more about the OneFamily Foundation please visit www.foundation.onefamily.com


Editors notes:

The OneFamily Foundation (formerly the Engage Foundation) was set up to benefit our customers, their families and the communities in which they live and work. There are two ways customers can benefit; personal grants or community awards.  A number of personal grants of up to £500 are available every month to help them, or someone close to them in times or hardship, or simply to make things a little better. Community awards are open for nominations in Spring and Autumn, with awards of up to £5,000 and £25,000 available to help fund projects in their local community.