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A room with a view

Posted on 07 January 2021

Residents at a Benham Lodge care home in Gravesend received the perfect Christmas present when Hyde Charitable Trust funded a new television for their lounge.

Benham Lodge is a registered care home, managed for Hyde by Choice Support. The home has seven registered care residents (from the age of 50 upwards), some of whom have lived together in the home for over 30 years.

Coronavirus has really impacted on the lives of the Benham Lodge residents. They haven’t been able to leave the home since March, and the residents have had to spend a lot of time self-isolating in their rooms.

Kay Samari, Manager of Benham Lodge said: “The residents have all been so good self-isolating in their rooms when they have had to. I wanted to give them something nice for Christmas. There was a television in their lounge, but it barely worked. I knew that a new television would make a huge difference to their lives.”

Christmas has been particularly difficult as Coronavirus meant that the residents couldn’t have their normal Christmas visits, for example from carol singers. It has also been the first time in 18 years that residents haven’t been able to go home for Christmas.

Hyde heard about Kay’s wish and came to the rescue. Thanks to Hyde Charitable Trust, residents now have a brand new 50-inch television, complete with Freeview channels. The television means that residents now enjoy sitting in the lounge and watching films together.

Kay said: “The television has meant so much to our residents – just knowing that somebody has thought of them. What better Christmas present than a television with a screen so big that everybody can watch together. It has given our lounge such a homely feel. It is wonderful seeing our residents enjoying something together – rather than watching DVDs on their own, in their rooms. Thank you so much Hyde for such a wonderful gesture.”

Kerry Starling, Hyde’s Head of Social and Economic Investment said: “We were so happy to be able to provide this Christmas gift to Benham Lodge. After such a difficult year, it’s good to know that the residents will all now be able to enjoy many cosy days watching television together.”