Below you will see a link to the website for the project at Valerie Manor and also a copy of their 1st newsletter below – once again a huge thank you for contacting Valerie Manor to be part of this wonderful project.
We hope you enjoyed having the lanterns at your care home. It was our pleasure to bring them to you. We wanted to share some more information and photos about the project so you can see the lanterns in the other care homes participating in our project. Thank you for writing in the comments book, it was lovely to be able to connect with you in this way and I hope you enjoy it a a souvenir of the project… you can stick these newsletters in it.
All eight In Our Garden care homes received a box of materials in order to make a star lantern with residents.
Here’s are some photos of the wonderful stars that were made. We hope you enjoy using them and look to them as a light guiding us towards the Spring when the longer sunnier days will return.
Blatchington Manor Star Lantern
Hyman Fine House Star Lantern
Patcham Star Lantern
Rectory House Star Lantern
Valerie Manor Star Lantern
Bevern View star lantern
Croft Meadow Star Lantern
Here’s a selection of photos from our Lantern House Lanterns when we installed them in Care home gardens.
Rectory House lanterns
Croft Meadow lanterns
Valerie Manor lanterns
Bevern View lanterns
Patcham Nursing lanterns
Hyman Fine House lanterns
Blatchington Manor lanterns
We enjoyed setting up and taking down the lanterns. They are currently back in their home in a barn on a farm called Applesham Farm, Coombes, near Steyning. We have given them a good wash and dry after 2 weeks in wet and windy weather. Next the lanterns are going out to Leonardslee Gardens, near Horsham for Leonardslee Illuminated lantern trail in December.
My word – I have not seen so many smiles for such a long time – the visitors POD really has changed the lives of our residents and relatives. It makes me incredibly emotional to hear some of the comments and read the emails that we have received in relation to people being able to have a more meaningful visit.
‘Just wanted to say that the Pod is a triumph! Everything worked perfectly – Mum could hear me clearly, and I could hear her fine. Since I had no mask, and could sit comparatively close – a normal distance, we talked much more naturally. I think a really big factor is that she was warm and comfy, so she seemed much happier and more talkative. I think it’s an amazing thing that everyone has done, and the structure itself is most impressive as well. So huge thanks to everyone, and I look forward to visiting Mum next week more than ever!’
‘Wow Zoe what a lovely experience it is in the pod. Just got back from seeing dad, it was so nice not to shout and keep repeating myself. Dad said nice to see your face. What a Credit the pod is to you and everyone involved. Thank you, thank you so much. Can’t wait for my next pod experience.’
‘Just wanted to add my voice to the praise for the Pod. It’s really wonderful. Not having to wear a mask made a real difference – Mum could see when I was smiling at her. A wonderful achievement by all concerned. Well done! And a big thank you.’
‘I had my first visit in the pod today and it is FANTASTIC! The audio equipment made a tremendous difference. My father was a bit doubtful about having headphones on but he soon forgot as we were able to have a conversation in a way we haven’t been able to enjoy for such a long time . Heartfelt thanks to everyone in Operation Pod – at last something good out of all this gloom and despair.’
‘Just to say, I had my first visit in the POD yesterday, all went very well, lovely to not be wearing the mask! ‘
Thank you to Jane for more artwork for the POD – stunning!
Where do I start? This is going to be a long one! Here are just a few words of thanks from some of our residents and staff:
And some of our relatives………….
“To Timberrooms and all the generous local companies, contractors, organisations, material suppliers, volunteers and individuals associated with building and finishing Valerie Manor Visitors POD:
Please accept our sincerest “Big Thank You” to all those who have taken part in building and providing a truly wonderful POD for Valerie Manor residents to meet safely with their relatives. It will mean so much for our 91 year old Mum “Brenda Wilson” to be able to see her son (John) and daughter (Tina) in the flesh without face masks or through a computer screen after 8 long months. There will be tears of joy, air kisses and virtual hugs, with just so much pleasure and a true sense of wellbeing for all involved. Thank you and Thank you again from our family….Brenda, John and Tina xxx”
“With the onset of winter, we were deeply concerned as to how we would be able to meet with our loved one whilst keeping them safe.
The Provision and Construction of this amazing Pod is nothing short of a miracle. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and everyone involved in the project. Zoe, Alan and all the staff have worked tirelessly to maintain the physical and, vitally, mental well being of the Valerie Manor Family and the Pod will be a tremendous boost to moral.
A neighbour of ours recently remarked that the virus has brought humanity together but humans further apart. This Pod has shown that Community Spirit can, at least, ease the pain of separation, especially for our elderly relatives and their families. It may not be able to facilitate much missed hugs and kisses, but it has provided a sanctuary for maintaining much-needed human contact.
Pictures say it all!
Just a few thank you’ s on our journey:
Hanging baskets and planters kindly donated by Donovan J & D Flowers………….stunning
Kelvin Maddox, Ryan Geal, Al Beazley, Matt Hodson – electrician, Dave Neale, Peter Carter, Alex Bishop, Ben Midgeley, Cameron Baldock, Tom Owen, Ashley Dawe, Tony Yeowell, Tim Yeowell, Ben Cooper, Nigel Howell, Malcolm Quigley, Bradley Hampton – Plasterer, Adam Cliffe – provided multi finish (Plaster)
Food deliveries – Martina Osei-Bobie, Hilary Stevens, Kay Kennedy, Jayne Williams, Kate Hewitt
Businesses – Benchmark Windows, Gardner & Scardifield, Southdown Flooring, Steyning Rugby Club, Barry – Maple Electrics
We are also generating a gallery of the journey…………….From myself, Alan and all the residents, relatives and staff of Valerie Manor – Thank you to our local Community and team of volunteers for making this possible……