Life In The Old Bench Yet!

The beautiful setting of The Old Parsonage was the destination for a group of nine volunteers from Simplyhealth, Winchester, this week. Brendoncare welcomed the volunteers to clean, sand and paint a large number of benches situated around the grounds of The Old Parsonage in Otterbourne.

The pretty grounds have several benches for residents of both the care home and the close care complex  to use but these have been looking tired and in need of a little TLC. Simplyhealth worked hard to return them to their former glory. Residents were delighted to see them restored and looking like new.

Simply Health , are a large company looking after the everyday health and wellbeing of their clients. They take part in a rolling programme of volunteer events organised by Community First including conservation, befriending and decorating, ensuring they are fully involved with their local community.

Linda, a volunteer from Simplyhealth, said ”For people that normally spend most of their time at a desk, it is important for our own health and wellbeing to do something physical, outdoors and community minded.”  Another member of the team, Claire, was very keen to volunteer her time at Otterbourne, “23 years ago, my Nan was a resident at The Old Parsonage and spent the last few years of her life being very well looked after there. It has been particularly poignant for me to return today as it would have been her birthday, so I am especially pleased to help.”

Rebecca and Sharon, activities staff from Brendoncare were thrilled with the volunteers’ work, “It has been great to have a team of volunteers support The Old Parsonage and to hear their own experiences of care for the elderly. It was lovely that one of them already had a link here. The team got stuck in and the benches have a new lease of life!”

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