Blyth care home donates food parcels to community group

Residents at The Oaks Care Home with one of their food parcels for Blyth Food Bank.
Residents at The Oaks Care Home with one of their food parcels for Blyth Food Bank.

Care home residents and staff came together to help those in need.

To mark World Kindness Day, cans of vegetables, beans and meat, bags of crisps and boxes of instant soup were collected by The Oaks Care Home in Blyth.

The baskets of essentials were them delivered to Blyth Food Bank.

The Rev Yvonne Tracey and Kath Bolam, volunteers at the food bank, thanked the home for the donations.

The Rev Tracey said: “It was so kind of the home to think of us. Our service users will benefit from that kindness.”

Angela Hedley, activities co-ordinator at the home in Durban Street, said: “We all wanted to show kindness to someone and thought this was a good cause, and it helps build good links with the local community.”

Care home resident Elsie Paterson said: “It was a very Godly thing to do and I can remember doing it when I was younger at the church.”

Fellow resident Ann Wallace said: “I thought it was a good thing to do as we are so well fed here.

“We all wanted to help others.”

Alongside their charitable activities, residents were treated to entertainment from Alex McRae.

Ann Mielnik, home manager, said: “We’re always looking for ways to help others in the local community and World Kindness Day was a great opportunity to do a collection for the food bank.

“We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated as all the food will go a long way to helping those in need.

“We also wanted to treat residents as part of the day so invited Alex to perform in the lounge. He put on a brilliant performance and everyone had a great time.”