We’re delighted that, inspired by our #GeraniumJoy campaign, the Mayor of Hounslow, Councillor Tony Louki, is calling on his local Hounslow community to ‘Gift a Geranium’ to a nearby care home, “to acknowledge the hard work all care home staff have been doing over the last few months and still continue to do so.”
Many care home residents are missing visits from loved ones and are feeling isolated during this pandemic, so gifting a geranium is also a great way of bringing joy in these challenging times and helping residents to remain connected to the community around them.
Tony launched the campaign on his birthday with a visit to Atfield House, run by Barchester Healthcare, where he presented the hard-working team with some geraniums. He also received a surprise treat from the chef to mark his special day! Atfield House is part of the Care Home FaNs: North West London initiative, funded by The Mercers’ Company.
The Mayor of Hounslow said:
“This is such a simple idea – acquire a geranium and gift it to a care home! I bought mine (a deep red Lord Bute and a scented Old English) during the Chiswick House Pelargonium Sale and dropped them to Atfield House on St Johns Road, Isleworth.
“Although assisted by London Borough of Hounslow, care homes have been largely ignored or taken for granted by higher powers during this current emergency. It would be good for them to know that the staff, residents and their families have not been forgotten.
“I would encourage Hounslow residents to show appreciation, preferably buying a plant from an independent florist or retailer, then to safely drop it on the doorstep at one of the sixteen participating settings listed on the Mayor’s web pages here.”
“May I also say that this event also coincided with my birthday, so I would like to thank Robert the Chef for making the lovely cake which I enjoyed and shared with the residents at Atfield House!”
You can read more about the Mayor’s visit to Atfield House here.
Stacey Gardiner, Customer Relationship Manager at Barchester Healthcare, added:
“Monday’s visit from the Mayor was a huge success. He took his time to chat with residents and staff and was so complementary about the hard work we had all put in over this time.”
A big thank you to the Mayor of Hounslow for bringing joy to care homes within his community. We hope that his campaign inspires many more people to Gift a Geranium to their local care home!