Restrictions haven't limited our customers' generosity
Resident Christine Saxby didn’t let the current restrictions on social gatherings and the use of communal facilities at her retirement development get in the way of her big annual fundraiser for cancer support charity Macmillan.
Although disappointed the usual coffee morning, cake bake and giant raffle couldn’t be held this year, Christine and her fellow residents at Shrimpton Court, Ruddington, still raised a staggering £606.55 for the cause.
“I just wanted to do something, however small” said Christine, who moved into Shrimpton Court with husband John five and a half years ago. “So I talked to our scheme manager and some of our social club members and came up with the idea of posting flyers and collection envelopes through every letterbox at Shrimpton Court.”
But when Christine and her helpers Chris Weston and Janet Watts collected and added up the donations, they were amazed at the generosity of the 45 residents.
“We counted the money three times, to be absolutely sure,” said Christine. “It’s a fantastic amount given that there are only 34 households and residents didn’t get a cup of coffee, cake and a raffle prize in exchange for a donation!
“We usually manage to increase our total year on year and in 2019 were delighted with £500, so over £600 this time is amazing.”
Christine has been fundraising to help local cancer patients for almost 40 years, including funding a Macmillan nurse and equipment for the children’s cancer ward at the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre in Nottingham.
Since 2000 she has focused on raising thousands of pounds for the Nottingham branch of Macmillan Cancer Support and after moving into Shrimpton in 2015 Christine, together with social club members, has organised an annual coffee morning in aid of the charity.
“It’s such a nice friendly community here,” added Christine. “Everyone is so supportive of each other and it’s a lovely place to live.”
Last year, votes from residents, visitors, volunteers and onsite staff earned Shrimpton Court a top ranking in the Elderly Accommodation Counsel’s Housing for Older People Awards.
The retirement development received top marks for consulting its residents and for the privacy, safety and security and quality of the building, facilities and garden.