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Solihull community group raises £11,600 for local veterans’ care home

L-R: Lee and Cheryl from The Royal Star & Garter Homes receive the cheque for £11,629.50 from Laura Rudge at a Shirley Ladies Circle meeting

A community group has raised more than £11,600 for The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull after naming the care home its charity of the year.

The Shirley Ladies Circle invited the Home Manager, Cheryl Harbourne and Lead Health Care Assistant Lee Mayo to a meeting to hand over a cheque.

The Home, which cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia, was chosen as Shirley Ladies Circles’ charity for 2018-19 by chairperson Laura Rudge.

The money was raised through several events, including the Shirley Beer and Cider Festival, which the Shirley Ladies Circle put on with Shirley Round Table, a Pudding and Prosecco evening and helping with the Santa sleigh collections in December.

Laura has witnessed first-hand the award-winning care provided at The Royal Star & Garter Home. Three grandparents lived there, while another grandparent is a member of the Star & Garter Club day care service, which runs on weekdays from the Home. Laura said: “The care they give is really inspirational. They treat residents with dignity and respect, and support their families too. As a club we feel really proud to raise so much money.”

Cheryl said: “We are so grateful to Shirley Ladies Circle for this money. Charitable donations help us continue providing activities, outings and care to our residents. It was a pleasure to attend their meeting and thank them in person for their wonderful efforts over the past 12 months.”

Shirley Ladies Circle is an organisation for women aged between 18 and 45, who meet several times a month for social events, and also put back into the community by volunteering and fundraising for local causes.