Residents at Leonard Cheshire Disability care homes across Wales will be crossing their “green fingers” that they win a national competition, in a bid to win £50,000 of prize money.
As part of The People’s Projects competition, televised on ITV Wales this week, three of the charity’s care homes for adults with physical disabilities will be hoping to win funding for outdoors, gardening and wildlife activities for disabled people and their local community. The competition winner will be decided by the public voting for their favourite appeal, in a choice between the Leonard Cheshire homes and four other organisations.
One of Leonard Cheshire’s care home residents, Richard Brock Gunn, who has partial sightedness and is a wheelchair user said: “I’m limited in what activities I can normally do due to my sight and wheelchair restrictions but the staff at Leonard Cheshire have helped me to do many things like planting flowers, hanging baskets and pretty much anything that my imagination desires. I’d love to do more.”
Public voting opens today and closes noon 3 April. ITV Wales will screen a short film about Leonard Cheshire Disability between 6pm and 6.30pm on Wednesday 22 March. This film will be available to view on the competition website as well, where you can also cast your vote: www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk
The People’s Projects is the result of The Big Lottery Fund teaming up with ITV and The National Lottery to give the UK public the chance to decide how funding could make a difference to their area.
If voted one of the top three of five organisations, the care homes Llanhennock Lodge in Newport, Danybryn in Cardiff and Dolywern near Llangollen will win up to £50,000. Working with charity partners Keep Wales Tidy and the Wildlife Trusts, Leonard Cheshire Disability will create accessible outdoor spaces for residents and their local community to grow their own vegetables and learn how to encourage wildlife into the garden grounds.
Dolywern’s activities organiser and volunteer coordinator, Sylvia Jones from Pontfadog, said: “It will make such a difference to the residents at Dolywern if they can enjoy access to the gardens and grow their own vegetables and fruit, which they can then eat for their meals. It gives them more motivation to get out in the fresh air for physical exercise and mental stimulation.”
Leonard Cheshire’s director of operations in Wales, Glynn Meredith said: “Leonard Cheshire believes in a society in which every person is equally valued. However, with limited transport options, reduced funding in social care, and few accessible outdoor spaces available, our residents can spend the vast majority of their time indoors. Although this might be a choice for some, a lack of fresh air, exercise and social contact with others reduces self-confidence and well-being. Our residents tell us they would love to be more active outdoors and meet new people.”
The bid for more outdoor activities at Leonard Cheshire services in Wales are part of the charity’s Centenary Garden Project. This is in tribute to the charity’s founder, war hero and global humanitarian Leonard Cheshire, who was born 100 years ago, in September 1917.
Dawn Austwick, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to support 12,000 projects every year that use the knowledge and ideas of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects is a chance for you to decide how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community, so make sure you have your say on who you think should win!”
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