Legacy of a Leamington care home resident lives on in special awards - The Leamington Observer

Legacy of a Leamington care home resident lives on in special awards

Leamington Editorial 22nd Feb, 2023   0

GRANTS in the name of a former Leamington care home resident are up for grabs.

Three grants, totalling £30,000, in the name of former Barchester resident Jeanette Gill are available to local charities and community groups.

Jeanette donated part of her legacy to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation and the Jeanette Gill Special Awards were established in her memory.

The cash 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. This year will mark the last round of grants from Jeanette Gill’s legacy.

There are three awards available – the £15,000 Gold Award (open to groups), the £10,000 Silver Award (also open to groups) and the £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 benefitting.

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.”

To find out more about how to apply for a Jeanette Gill Award visit www.bhcfoundation.org.uk. The closing date for applications is March 26.

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