Valerie Manor are In the Press!

What a lovely story to read! Well done to our community once again.

https://www.shorehamherald.co.uk/news/people/community-helps-build-visitor-pod-upper-beeding-care-home-keep-residents-safe-3038125

 

In Our garden Lantern House newsletter

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.

https://thelanternhouse.net/in-our-garden/care-homes/valerie-manor

In Our Garden Newsletter (Number 1 of 4)

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.

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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
 
Blatchington Manor Star Lantern
 
Hyman Fine House Star Lantern
 
Hyman Fine House Star Lantern
 
Patcham Star Lantern
 
Patcham Star Lantern
 
Rectory House Star Lantern
 
Rectory House Star Lantern
 
Valerie Manor Star Lantern
 
Valerie Manor Star Lantern
 
Bevern View star lantern
 
Bevern View star lantern
 
Croft Meadow 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
 
Rectory House lanterns
 
Croft Meadow lanterns
 
Croft Meadow lanterns
 
Valerie Manor lanterns
 
Valerie Manor lanterns
 
Bevern View lanterns
 
Bevern View lanterns
 
Patcham Nursing lanterns
 
Patcham Nursing lanterns
 
Hyman Fine House lanterns
 
Hyman Fine House lanterns
 
Blatchington Manor 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.

The first week with our POD open……

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!