All wrapped up at Cheriton Care Home in Dorchester

Published: Friday 29th November 2019

Santa’s workshop came to our Cheriton Care Home in Dorchester this week, as residents and staff joined the Friends of Dorset Care Leavers committee to wrap Christmas gifts for young people who have left the care of Dorset Council.

Two Cheriton Care Centre residents stuffing Christmas socks

Together the ‘elves’ stuffed and wrapped 175 pairs of cosy socks filled with festive treats and goodies.

Lady wearing Christmas fancy dress

Kaye Wright, from the Friends of Dorset Care Leavers said:

‘Children who are in the care of the council up to the age of 18 become care leavers on their 18th birthday. A group of us set up the Friends of Dorset Care Leavers charity to support them into adulthood and independence. We aim to offer creative and fun experiences to boost self esteem and encourage involvement in the wider community, especially over Christmas.

‘We’d like to give a huge festive thanks to all Agincare staff and residents for the support shown to our care leavers. Everyone had a job on the night, whether stuffing, wrapping or sticking. There was even some dancing!’

Two ladies in front of Christmas tree

Agincare CEO, Raina Summerson said:

‘We’re proud to support the Friends – they all work so hard to support local young people, so we’re happy we could help out with a venue and so many willing helpers. It was a lovely joining of a great bunch of people, giving time and care to so many, and having fun on the way!’

Karen Wilson, registered manager of the Cheriton Care Home added:

‘We love being part of our local community and it was a pleasure to welcome the Friends in and see residents and staff share jokes and memories with our guests. Many of them have now requested fluffy socks for Christmas!’