Bar opens at Christchurch care home after sponsored silence fundraiser

Kim Butters, Wellbeing Manager, with Rita Satchwell enjoying her first drink from the bar

Residents at a care home in Christchurch can now enjoy a drink from a fully-stocked bar after the wellbeing manager completed a sponsored silence to finance the new feature.

Kim Butters raised £500 to fund the bar, named The Merry Fairmilers, at Fairmile Grange, operated by Encore Care Homes.

The care home residents enjoyed a party on National Prosecco Day (August 13) to celebrate the opening of the bar, which is fully stocked with beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and scampi fries.

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Kim was supported in the challenge by her colleague, Andrea Davey, wellbeing assistant, who had to speak on behalf of Kim during the silence.

Kim said: “It was a tough challenge but I felt that I needed to do something out of my comfort zone for a day, so I stayed quiet. It was more difficult than I thought it would be, particularly when we’re doing fun activities and dancing to music, but it was all for a worthy cause.

“Encore’s care home in Fareham, Hamble Heights, has a bar and I thought that our residents deserved one too. We’ve already had a few parties for birthdays and some new residents moving in, so the bar has been put to good use.”

The challenge came in response to the care home residents light-heartedly telling her that she needs to stop singing around the home, and instead they told her that for one day, she could only communicate via a chalkboard. Money was donated by Kim’s colleagues, the care home residents, and their families and friends.

Mike Lyons, Managing Director of Encore Care Homes, said: “The new bar is a wonderful addition to the facilities that we offer at Fairmile Grange, and we could see from the smile on the residents’ faces how much they appreciate being able to enjoy a drink with their friends. It’s nice to have such a personal touch in the care home, which was funded by kind donations to Kim’s sponsored silence. The bar is a true testament to the work of Kim and Andrea who are real live wires and we are lucky to have them as part of our team.”

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