A donation of £200 from the residents of Talbot View care home in Bournemouth has built a new hut for a disabled elderly lady in the village of Innhassune, Mozambique.
Home manager Nick Holman said: “Our residents are safe, warm, and well fed and were only too pleased to send this money from their amenities fund to help someone like Amelia who was living in terrible conditions.”
Talbot View heard of 76-year old Amelia’s plight from Carla Bailey whose father-in-law stayed at the home last year while she and her husband visited their daughter Rebecca Spencer who has lived in Mozambique for three years. Rebecca has set up the Sing With Me Happily charity which provides educational activity and resources to people in the area.
After Rebecca had built a school and community centre, she realised that there was no help for the elderly. She started a programme of support for 17 older people in the village, setting up a small market garden where she grows vegetables to provide food which is served to them in the community centre.
“When I saw how Amelia was living I was heartbroken,” says Carla. “She did not have much use of her legs, and would sit all day on a pile of rags in the mud. There were holes in the roof and there was no one to care for her as her daughter had died of Aids.”
The donation from Talbot View has provided a new hut with a solid base, and Amelia is delighted with her new home. “She is so grateful to the people at Talbot View. She would certainly have died if she had remained in her old hut,” says Carla.
Talbot View is one of 16 care homes in Dorset operated by Care South, a leading provider of residential, nursing, and home care in the south of England.
Carla is very proud ofwhat her daughter has achieved. “When Becky was eight she said she wanted to build a school in Africa. It took her until she was 30 but she has done that and so much more for the people of Innhassune. It is a lovely community andthey work very hard to make a small living.”
Carla has worked in care for some 30 years and was touched by the situation in Innhassune. “There are so many things which are needed which would not cost very much but would make such a difference to their lives,” she said.
To find out more about the charity visit their website www.singwithmehappily.com. For more information about Care South, also a registered charity, and the care services available in your area visit www.care-south.co.uk or call 01202 712400.