Encore Care Home residents clink glasses at in-house bar after sponsored silence fundraiser

Care home residents at Fairmile Grange in Christchurch can enjoy a drink from their own fully-stocked bar after the Wellbeing Manager completed a fundraising sponsored silence to finance the new feature.

New Bar at Fairmile Grange

Kim Butters, our Wellbeing Manager for Fairmile Grange, and Mike Lyons, Managing Director of Encore, cut the ribbon to officially open the bar, called The Merry Fairmilers, which comprises a range of beers, wines, spirits, mixers and soft drinks, complete with bar mats and scampi fries. Our care home residents enjoyed a party on National Prosecco Day to celebrate the special occasion with music, balloons, cakes, a buffet, and drinks provided by the new bar.

To raise money to pay for the bar and the all-important supply of alcohol, Kim took on a tough personal challenge that involved not saying a word for a whole day. Kim was supported in the challenge by our colleague, Andrea Davey, Wellbeing Assistant, who had to speak on behalf of Kim during the silence. In total, the Wellbeing team raised £500 to fund the bar, which is free for all of the residents to use on a day-to-day basis and for birthday parties, wedding anniversaries, and special events.

Wellbeing manager Kim Butters is now back to full voice after spending a whole day without making a sound, Encore managing director Mike Lyons was on hand to cut the ribbon and declare the bar open. Pictured with resident, John Evans.

Kim said: “It was a tough challenge but I felt that I needed to do something out of my comfort zone for a day, so I stayed quiet. It was more difficult than I thought it would be, particularly when we’re doing fun activities and dancing to music, but it was all for a worthy cause.

“Our care home in Fareham, Hamble Heights, has a bar and I thought that our residents deserved one too. We’ve already had a few parties for birthdays and some new residents moving in, so the bar has been put to good use.”

Wellbeing manager Kim Butters is pictured with resident Rita, Encore managing director Mike Lyons was on hand to cut the ribbon and declare the bar open.

It came in response to the care home residents light-heartedly telling her that she needs to stop singing around the home, and instead, they told her that she could only communicate via a chalkboard for one day. Money was donated by Kim’s colleagues, the care home residents, and their families and friends.

Mike Lyons, Managing Director, said: “The new bar is a wonderful addition to the facilities that we offer at Fairmile Grange, and we could see from the smile on the residents’ faces how much they appreciate being able to enjoy a drink with their friends. It’s nice to have such a personal touch in the care home, which was funded by kind donations to Kim’s sponsored silence. The bar is a true testament to the work of Kim and Andrea who are real live wires and we are lucky to have them as part of our team.”

We are now able to welcome family members and their loved ones to have a covid-safe viewing of the purpose-built facilities available in our care homes, following the lifting of government restrictions. Full PPE and rapid flow testing are in place for the safety of the care home residents, our team, and our visitors.

For more information about the care services available, go to the Our Care page.