Rugby Rokeby Lions donate to care home’s garden project

Doug Hutchinson, Alan Ince, Eric Hughes and Trish Hanlon at Dewar Close
Doug Hutchinson, Alan Ince, Eric Hughes and Trish Hanlon at Dewar Close
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People living at Dewar Close care home in Bilton have thanked Rugby Rokeby Lions for donating £1,000 to improve gardens.

Residents want to make Dewar Close’s sizable gardens more accessible and vibrant and are currently working with landscapers to finalise a design.

Residents will spend the money from Rugby Lions on giving people better access to the grounds, which is home to chickens, wild flowers and culinary herbs but rests on a steep slope.

Alan Ince, who has lived in Dewar since 2010, has thanked the Lions for their support.

He said: “Currently, most of the gardens are hard to get to – which can make looking after it, feeding the chickens and growing vegetables difficult. If it was redesigned then everybody here would be able to get out more and look after them.”

Alan added: “Working on fundraising projects like this is also another way people here can keep busy and enjoy working together. It increases community spirit and people’s sense of ownership of where they live.”

The manager of Dewar Close, Trish Hanlon, also raised more than £500 last month when she was persuaded by residents to skydive from 13,000 feet.

Any groups in Rugby who would like to work with residents on the project can call Dewar Close on (01788) 811724 or email to find out more.