Gardman raises over £200,000 and donates Poppy Bird Feeder kits to care homes and break centre

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Alongside raising over £200,000 for The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland through the sale of Poppy Bird Feeders and bird feed, garden supplier Gardman has provided six care homes and a break centre with all the essentials for encouraging wild birds to visit and feed.

The bird feeding kits, which include a choice of Poppy Bird Feeders, bird baths and feeding tables, have been designed to provide a meaningful activity that care home residents and break centre visitors can enjoy together.

The Gardman team meet Galanos House staff and residents in their garden

The Gardman team meet Galanos House staff and residents in their garden.

Craig Edsey, Activities Manager at Galanos House care home in Warwickshire, said: “Feeding birds is such a great activity for our residents, especially those living with dementia.

“We have found that by feeding the birds, it has often broken down the barrier for residents who find it difficult to go outside. It is a lovely concept of having birds return to the feeders each day and our residents treat them like their own pets.”

The Legion’s care homes provide long-term nursing and personal care to ex-Service people and their dependants, including dedicated dementia care. Homes vary in size from 50 to 90 bedrooms with communities including men and women of varied ages.

Gardman Bird Feeding kits were provided to Dunkirk Memorial House in Somerset, Galanos House in Warwickshire, Halsey House in Norfolk, Mais House in East Sussex, Maurice House in Kent, and Erskine in Renfrewshire (Scotland). A kit was also provided to Alderson House, a break centre in East Riding of Yorkshire.

104-year-old Harry Askew, a Retired Sniper who served in World War II and a resident at Galanos House care home, said: “We love looking after the birds and the feeding kits are fantastic. They add a splash of colour to the gardens too!”

Harry Askew with his new Poppy Bird Feeder

Galanos House resident Harry Askew with a Poppy Bird Feeder.

Gavin White, Head of Brands at Gardman, said: “It was wonderful to visit Galanos House to see how well the bird feeding kits have been received and are being used by residents on a daily basis.

“We hope that both veterans and wild birds will benefit from our bird feeding kits. With a good mix of quality bird seeds and feeding platforms you can tempt an array of wild birds to feed in your garden.”

Gardman Poppy Bird Feeders are currently on sale at garden centres across the country, with 50p from each sale being donated to the Legion. A list of stockists can be found at www.gardmanpoppy.co.uk.

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