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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Care home offers loneliness grants

 

A DUMFRIES care home is offering three grants totalling £30,000 in the name of a former resident, Jeanette Gill, who generously donated part of her legacy to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

And applications are now welcome from deserving local charities and community groups for these special awards.

Named in her memory, the Jeanette Gill Special Awards are open to groups and individuals in need in the local community, and will go to projects that enrich lives and encourage an active lifestyle through arts, music, sports and culture for older people or adults with a disability, or those that may have challenges with mental health.

There are three awards available: a £15,000 gold award open to groups; a £10,000 silver award open to groups; and a £5000 bronze award for individuals.

This year will mark the last round of grants from Jeanette’s legacy and the foundation is particularly interested in innovative initiatives that tackle isolation and loneliness, and which bring sustained outcomes and positive changes for the people benefitting.

Dr Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare and chairman of the Foundation, said: “We were extremely touched that one of our Lochduhar residents donated so generously to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

“We thought it would be fitting to create these flagship grants in her honour and memory as a tribute to the lives she is helping. The charity does so much for local communities throughout the country to tackle and reduce loneliness for many people, and these grants will make a big difference to those in need.”

To find out more about how to apply visit www.bhcfoundation.org.uk. The closing date for applications is March 26.

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