Wednesday 19th January 2022

Our charity has been thrilled to receive reams of positive feedback from service users who were gifted a ‘Worthing Cares’ Christmas box, as well as those who we delivered Christmas lunch to on the special day.

Worthing Cares first took place in 2020, when our charity delivered just under 100 boxes to our most vulnerable clients. This Christmas we wanted to do more, so, with help from our army of amazing volunteers and staff, we prepared boxes for all 720 of our community service users.

The boxes for adults contained hats, gloves, diaries, mince pies and many more items, all wrapped and packed with tissue paper and love. Boxes for children contained toys, which were kindly donated by More Radio and their listeners.

The feedback we received from Worthing Cares recipients this year was overwhelming. For example, Tara Hobden, our Support at Home After Hospital Coordinator, was told by one person: “It is the first Christmas present I’ve received in 13 years.”

Our Home Care service also received a lot of kind words from its clients. For example, one client said: “Thank you so much Guild care for your Christmas gift, the fact it was completely unexpected made it more appreciated. I will enjoy making use of each item but especially making use of the art book. My wife was a competent artist before she became overwhelmed by her dementia. Again, many thanks Guild Care has uplifted our spirits.” More feedback can be found at the bottom of this page.

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we were unable to run our annual Bradbury Wellbeing Centre Christmas lunch, which had originally been made possible thanks to a generous £1,000 donation from local company ETI.

However, our charity still managed to spread cheer on the day itself, delivering Christmas lunch to five service users.

Jane Barnes, a Guild Care Community Connector, was one staff member who made this possible. She can be seen pictured below delivering a meal to Yvonne Hardy, who was originally supposed to spend Christmas with her son, but could not as he caught Covid.

Jane said, “Due to Covid many more people are feeling isolated and lonely, and this is particularly true at Christmas time. It was lovely to be able to deliver a delicious hot Christmas lunch with all the trimmings to people in Worthing who were on their own on Christmas day.”

Thank you to all the amazing volunteers, staff, and supporters in the community who made Worthing Cares and our Christmas lunch deliveries possible.

If you would like to support our charity, please consider making a one-off or repeat donation.

A selection of more heart-warming feedback received by our Home Care service

“It was really nice to receive this lovely gift, I was on my own for Christmas for the first time since losing my husband and to open your present really uplifted me. Thank you”

“Thank you so much for the hampers it is no exaggeration to say we were overwhelmed with the generous contents.”

“What a lovely surprise unwrapping all the packages, so much thought must have gone into purchasing them, thank you so much.”

“Thank you so much for the lovely Christmas gift boxes of little useful goodies, we have really enjoyed and appreciated your kindness – what a huge effort you must have gone into selecting and distributing the items – it certainly made Christmas brighter after having a difficult year.”

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