Salisbury care home Christmas market raises money for local hospital

Sue Aplin, Healthcare Assistant (left), and Jackie Cash, Clinical Lead, with chocolate reindeers made by Braemar Lodge residents

Residents at a city care home have been praised by volunteers for staging a Christmas market in aid of their work to raise funds for Salisbury Hospital.

Colten Care’s Braemer Lodge devoted its fifth annual Christmas market to support League of Friends, the hospitals charity, raising nearly £600.

The home welcomed more than 100 people, including residents’ families, neighbours and community health colleagues.

Residents spent weeks making candles, greeting cards, hanging glass baubles and jam jars.

Emily Gates, a former carer, said: “I always like coming back here and seeing how everyone is doing, it’s such a fantastic home.”

Visitors were treated to carols from the local grammar school, South Wilts Grammar School for Girls and Bishop Wordsworth’s School.

Dr David Stratton, League of Friends chairman, said: “We are so grateful to everyone at Braemar Lodge for choosing us as their charity.

“Every single donation helps us to fund the small project that can make such a big difference. We rely completely on donations and our shop in the hospital.”

The League of Friends has supported patients and relative at Salisbury Hospital since 1954 and provide and/or contribute to facilities and equipment not available through NHS funding.

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