Independent care home creating Devon-style village for residents

Sefton Hall team in the home's pub with Mike and Eileen Harvey (centre-back)

April 11, 2018

Dawlish-based award-winning care home ‘Sefton Hall’, is appealing to the community to help raise additional funds to create a village, in the heart of the home’s large courtyard for the enjoyment of both residents and their loved-ones. The new Devon-style, ‘Sefton Village’ will include a vintage tea room, church, sweet shop, pub, garden-centre and barbeque area.

Over the last few years, the innovative care team has been converting areas of the home into every-day amenities that many of us often take for granted, and this latest project is part of the home’s continuing ‘bringing the outside in’ programme.

A local publican in the past kindly donated furniture and equipment to help Sefton Hall open their very own pub, fully stocked with draft beer, wine and spirits, bar stools, as well as a pool table and ‘last orders’ bell. In addition, well-known and popular Gaye’s Creamery generously provided ice-cream display fridges, signage and the all-important ice cream for the Sefton Hall parlour/diner, affectionately named ‘Gaye’s Little Creamery’ opened in autumn 2016.

Many residents and their families enjoy all the wonderful new facilities; including Eileen Harvey who has been at the home since April 2016. Eileen's husband Mike visits his wife every day, seeing first-hand the many benefits of the improved resources. The couple regularly meet for ‘pub lunches’, enjoying some of the little things that they have always loved doing together. As a show of support and thank-you for his wife’s outstanding care, as well as helping to continue the ongoing development programme, Mike has made a generous donation towards the development of Sefton Hall’s new village.

Mike Harvey explains:“Eileen and I really enjoy all the fantastic amenities at Sefton Hall, in particular the bar and ice-cream parlour. The staff are all wonderful and these ongoing enlightened changes, help to give residents a very special and secure freedom, giving the all-important sense of everyday normality and routine.” He adds:“The ambitious creation of an outside village is inspirational, and I wanted to help by giving a donation to kick-start the fundraising campaign, and really hope the local community will get behind this exciting new project.”

Part of long established independent nursing care provider, Southern Healthcare, Sefton Hall is organising a sponsored walk/wheelchair-push on Saturday 28th April, at 10am, starting from its sister home, The Old Rectory based in Exeter and finishing at Sefton Hall. This will be followed by a fundraising garden party being held at the Dawlish care home on 7th May Bank holiday, with all welcome to visit and enjoy entertainment by pioneering and contemporary Devon Rock Choir.

Gabriela Ogreanu, Home Manager – Sefton Hall concludes:“We are so very grateful to Mike and his ongoing support. His generous donation has helped to provide a firm foundation on which to raise further funds and we do hope that local people will help where they can. We are very excited about our new ‘village’, which will greatly benefit our residents in living and enjoying as meaningful a life as possible. It’s important for us to include familiar local landmarks in the design of this project, helping to bring back fond memories of places where people would have met. The build will cost in the region of £7 – 8000 and a ‘Just Giving’ page has been created to enable the public to contribute, helping to raise the much-needed final funds of £2,500 to see our vision come to fruition.”

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