Castle View residents give gifts to frontline workers


SHOCKING boxes and treats were delivered to “frontline heroes” by grateful nursing home residents and staff.

Two residents of Castle View Care Home in Poundbury delivered baskets of treats to GP office staff to thank them for all the work they have done to keep people safe throughout the pandemic .

Kay Davis and Enid Deakin took packages, which included handwritten cards from the residents of the home expressing their thanks and appreciation to frontline workers, Prince of Wales Surgery and Poundbury Doctors Surgery, much to the staff’s delight.

Prince of Wales Surgery Director Sally Holland said: “It was such a kind thought from Castle View. I am sure we will appreciate any gifts. Our gratitude and good wishes go out to all residents and staff of the House. ”

Castle View Support Team Leader Katja Williams, left, hands a basket to Dr Robert Koppenhol at Poundbury Surgery with help from Enid Deakin, seated Photo: Deep South Media

Dr Robert Koppenhol of Poundbury Doctors Surgery was equally grateful. He said: “It was nice to see the residents of the nursing homes come out and do such a welcoming gesture.”

The baskets, which were also delivered to police officers and crews from other nursing homes, were funded through a raffle held at Colten nursing home over Easter, building on a similar idea from the Hearts of Kindness initiative the house launched earlier this year, which saw baskets donated to intensive care staff at Dorset County Hospital.

Dorset Echo: Castle View escort team leader Katja Williams, left, hands Dorchester Police Station a gift basket to Community Safety Officer Sarah Pilcher Photo: Deep South MediaCastle View Escort Team Leader Katja Williams, left, hands a gift basket at Dorchester Police Station to Community Safety Officer Sarah Pilcher Photo: Deep South Media

Kay said: “We wanted to recognize all essential workers, including general practitioners and other surgical staff, for their continued commitment and dedication to the wider community during the pandemic.”

Katja Williams, Castle View Companion Team Leader, accompanied Kay and Enid on their surgical deliveries.

She said: “Everywhere we went with our gift basket, we received heartfelt thanks from people. It is not more than what they deserve for all their hard work and resilience over the course. of the past year.

“It has been incredibly difficult for the frontline heroes in all parts of the world to try to protect everyone.

Dorset Echo: Castle View resident Kay Davis and Support Team Leader Katja Williams present a gift basket to Sally Holland, Practice Manager at Prince of Wales Surgery Photo: Deep South MediaCastle View resident Kay Davis and Support Team Leader Katja Williams, left, hand over a gift basket to Sally Holland, Prince of Wales Surgery Practice Manager Photo: Deep South Media

“In Castle View, despite the pandemic limiting our usual community visits and fundraising for charities, residents still wanted to do their part. In addition to the gift baskets, we have used home events to continue fundraising for causes such as the Poundbury Community Group. ”

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