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GNOMEVEMBER! Community Gnome trail set to raise smiles and funds for local care home

Staff at a local care home, Swan House, in Winslow, Buckinghamshire have been busy! They are turning November into GNOMEVEMBER, inviting the whole local community to paint and display a Gnome in a bid to raise funds for an interactive table to enhance the lives of residents.

Swan House manager, Mohammed Hussein said: “It’s been a difficult few years, so we wanted to do something that makes people smile and unite all ages for a great cause. Many of the people we care for at Swan House are living with Dementia and an interactive activity table will bring daily fun and laughter and enhance lives by igniting sensory skills through sound, sight and touch.”

Gnome place like home. Ambient, the charity that delivers care at Swan House has provided hundreds of pint-sized paintable Gnomes which will be available for local people to pick up and take part.

Local businesses have been quick to pledge their support with the fire station, pub and many high street shops ready to Give a Gnome a Home! They will display their painted gnomes alongside posters promoting the campaign and the JustGiving page for donations to Swan House throughout the month.

Swan House residents will take part too, painting Gnomes to adorn Swan House and for family members and loved ones to enjoy at home.

From October 17, anyone can collect their free paintable Gnome from Swan House which comes with a Gnome Naming Certificate! From the 1st of November, people are encouraged to share a picture of their painted Gnome on social media using the hashtag #Gnomevember and tagging @SwanHouseCareHome to spread joy and drive donations.

Mohammed concludes: “The more people that get involved, the more smiles and funds we’ll raise. If you are a business or community group, please get in touch to reserve your gnomes and then Winslow…. get ready to Give a Gnome a Home and add colour to all our lives this Gnomevember!

Davina Sellick, Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications, said: “The people we care for live happy and fulfilled lives at our care homes which are designed to be homely, warm and personalised. We continually strive to improve experiences for our residents and an interactive table will bring so much joy and well-being benefits for all at Swan House.”

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