The covid-19 outbreak and suspension of playing, has hit local non-league football clubs like Keynsham Town hard. Together with the uncertainty of when clubs can start playing again the club were unable to plan properly for the forthcoming season.
Like many clubs in the area, as part of the necessary fundraising, Keynsham Town set up a crowd funding page. Unlike other clubs, they decided that they wanted to support their local community and whatever funds were raised, they would split it 50:50 with a local facility. It was decided to support Charlton House (www.sirona-cic.org.uk/services/charlton-house/) a residential care home in Keynsham.
The care home offers a broad range of activities which aim to promote independence by developing/maintaining and enhancing people’s skills, interest and abilities. They also offer services to support the wider community, which include respite care, day care, hairdressing service, toe nail cutting service and the use of an assisted bathroom. In addition, there are rooms that can be booked for meetings & activities and refreshments can be provided.
Charlton House has 2 units
- Somerdale provides a service for older people with dementia.
- Abbey Park provides a service to older people with a range of physical disabilities.
Keynsham Town Chairman, Adrian Cole presents Carol Richards of Sirona Care & Health with a cheque for £830. Also looking on are Tricia Davies (Head of Services) and Dawn Head(Regional Nurse) together with resident Edith West-Gaul and committee members of Keynsham Town FC.
Charlton House will spend the money on purchasing two specialist chairs to help improve the their facilities and lives of their residents.