The Royal care home, Lytham, St Annes raised around £2000 for technology to be brought into the resident’s lives.
The Carousel Hotel on Blackpool Promenade was the venue for The Royal care home’s fundraiser dinner on the 3rd March 2017.
The night was arranged so the care home could raise money for new iPads to be brought into the home for its residents.
Debbie Parker, manager of the care home has already added many features in the seven months since she began working as the manager. These include the new memory lane dating back to the 1960’s and using YouTube to listen to artists such as Elvis Presley and Pavarotti.
The charity night included a three course meal, raffles, speeches and singers. All the guests who came helped this fantastic cause by donating raffle prizes and money.
Sue Rowe, Hesketh Bank, is the daughter of Irene Brady who is a resident with dementia. Irene has been in The Royal for 18 months and Sue said: “I am really pleased with the care my mum is getting. With the staff, the devotion and that means I can put my mind at rest knowing my mum is being well looked after.”
Debbie gave real life examples during the night of residents who have come on leaps and bounds by using technology in their day to day lives. For example, one of the residents is a big Pavarotti fan who now listens daily to his songs on YouTube. This had such an impact on the residents wellbeing that her GP could not believe the difference in her health.
Director, Mark Fuller helped Debbie plan the fundraiser. He said: “IPad’s will give the residents an opportunity to bring back fond memories no matter how long ago they are. Technology like this will allow us to do that.”
“By the end of the year we want everyone resident in the Royal Care Home to have access, if they want it, to their own personal iPad’.
Prior to the fundraiser, Radio Lancashire visited the Royal care home in Lytham, St Annes and recorded their show live in the building. They talked about how the home was planning to use technology to enlighten the lives of the residents.
During her speech at the fundraiser Debbie said: “With the IPad’s we can reminisce with people, pull their favourite films and songs out. The most important thing is that it helps us to stimulate our residents.
“By coming to the fundraiser, you have made a difference to a resident’s life so thank you all for coming tonight.”