Community and family are at the heart of Orchard House Care Home in Wisbech. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic the Wisbech Community has shown such kindness and support to the Nursing, Dementia and Residential home; such as deliveries of homemade cakes, food parcels, messages of support and pictures from local school children.

During these difficult times the team at the home know that having a sense of community is really important; where one always looks out for their neighbours and offers help to those who needed it.

So, it was decided during the residents social planning meeting that this year’s Harvest Festival at the home would be a month-long drive collecting donations for the local Wisbech Food Bank and Fenwick Refuge.

Throughout September, resident’s family, friends and staff donated various foods and other products; at one point a new container had to be found to contain the growing mountain of goods, which almost double with a further donation from RCH Care Homes. Lifestyle Lead Miranda Robinson, spoke of the generosity, “Everyone has been so very generous over the last month, so many people have got involved and wanted to support these two worthy causes; even two visiting Paramedics made a donation of food and told us how wonderful it was that we were supporting our local community and were happy to help.”

Orchard House resident Joyce has been watching the collection grow over the last few weeks and she even asked her daughter to bring in donations on her behalf so she could help, “I have really enjoyed meeting and thanking everyone for their kind donations to our local charities.

On Friday 1st of October, the donations were collected by Dereck from Wisbech Food Bank and a representative of Fenwick Refuge. On arrival at the home both were overwhelmed by the mountain of donations for each of them. Dereck said “it was very kind of us to think of them and appreciates the support we given them.” The representative from Fenland Refuge said, “We cannot stress how much this will help and how grateful they are for our support during this time”

Sarah Watson, the home’s General Manager, expressed her pride and thanks for the donations, “The response to our food drive has been incredible and such a success. Our local food bank and Fenland Refuge were overwhelmed by the generosity of our staff, residents, families and our company RCH. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone for all your help and support”