Our Charity Work
At Aveley Lodge we want to support local charities, because we know they matter to our residents, staff and our visitors and make a big difference in the community we serve.
Over the years we have regularly supported various charities such as the British Legion, HistioUK, Cancer Research UK, Children in Need and Red Nose Day by donating money or making items with the help of our residents which we have either then sold to raise funds or have donated. We have collected thousands of used stamps in the past from our residents, staff and visitors which we have then sent to charities such as Nowzad Dogs and Guide Dogs for the Blind and are currently collecting for the charity Canine Partners. We also support the annual World Wildlife Day every March, set up by the charity World Wide Fund for nature (WWF). Our residents regularly part in the Cupcake Challenge in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society by getting involved with the baking and decorating process and then enjoying their tasty treats with friends, family and our staff while raising money for a worthy charity at the same time. In May 2021, we were delighted to welcome Karen Penny to Aveley Lodge, who is aiming to become the first woman to walk around the British and Irish coastlines and is devoting almost four years of her life to raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK. We had heard she was due to complete the stretch incorporating Fingringhoe, so we invited her to stop by for socially distanced tea and cake in the courtyard to which she jumped at the opportunity. After a much-needed rest and greeting staff and residents through the window, she was on her way again!
Our residents knit and natter group alternate the charities on a regular basis which they knit for. In the past, hats and booties have been made for the babies in Special Care at our local hospital, blankets for a local homeless charity and blankets and knitted toys for a local Cats Protection charity. We host special themed days where special items are made by our residents and then sold for specific causes and we also support our local Church here in Fingringhoe by sponsoring the Tree of Light each Christmas.
We are thrilled at the collaboration we have with Market Field School in Elmstead Market, Oxford House School in Lexden, Fingringhoe Primary School here in Fingringhoe and St Lawrence Primary School in Rowhedge, to support and promote community relationships spanning multi-generations between our residents and their pupils. Aveley Lodge has previously supported Exploring Educational Opportunities (EEO) in Colchester for assistance with one of their educational courses they are running in conjunction with Refugee Action – Colchester.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” Helen Keller
Our chosen charity though that we predominantly fundraise for is The Isobel Parmenter Memorial Fund, a special named fund attached to the charity The Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (registered charity number 1182637) . This cause is very close to our hearts as Isobel was the much loved daughter of Registered Care Home Manager and Business Owner Michael Parmenter and PR Manager Suzanne, and Niece to Co-Business Owner and Finance Manager, Deborah Blick. Isobel sadly passed away in October 2014 aged only 22 months old from a rare cancer called Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). For further details about the fund and the charity please watch the video opposite and visit www.cclg.org.uk/Isobel-Parmenter-Memorial-Fund
With the love, help and support of the residents, their families and our fantastic staff team by participating in cake sales, theme days, high teas, “wear a funny hat” day, barn dances, 10k runs to the extreme of skydiving, they have all helped us raise to date over £40,000 in memory of Isobel for her fund and other related charities such as HistioUK, Cancer Research UK, East Anglian Children’s Hospices and Well Child. Suzanne and Michael Parmenter were runners up in the “Community Champions Award” at the Pride of Essex Awards in November 2015 for their fundraising efforts, an achievement they are highly proud of.
On the 28th September 2017, the Registered Care Home Manager Michael Parmenter and his nephew and fellow staff member Jake Blick successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania raising just under £5,000 for the Isobel Parmenter Memorial Fund. On 25th March 2018, Michael completed the first ever London Half Marathon for “Make a Wish Foundation” raising just under £500 and then on 22nd April 2018, he also successfully completed the prestigious London Marathon in 6 Hours 30 minutes, raising just over £1,579 in memory of Isobel.
In May 2018, Michael, Suzanne and Deborah were runners up at the Essex County Council Who Will Care? Awards 2018 for the Business Award in recognition for making an impact on their local community through volunteering and charity work and were finalists at the National Family Business Awards 2018 for the Big Heart award, again, for their charity work.