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Ilkley care home thanks community for lock down support

Ilkley care home, Straven House, has thanked its neighbours and the wider community for their support during lockdown and has launched its annual photo competition.

A spokesperson said: “We’ve had a lot of support from Ilkley locals during lockdown and wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who have given up their free time for us.

“We have really felt so loved and supported with some lovely cakes from our neighbours that arrived out of the blue on our doorstep on a few occasions, we received some beautiful colourful paintings of rainbows and gorgeous painted rocks which our residents still enjoy looking at and talking about.”

“We received a video clip of a piano concert performed by local children who still continued their piano lessons via zoom with their teacher. Not to mention the countless voluntary performers singing, playing various instruments out in the garden. We feel it definitely deserves a mention about how much we have appreciated all the love and support we have received.”

Several Beavers, Cubs & their families painted beautiful paintings and a mural to brighten up residents' bedrooms as part of the Scout Association “Care for Care Homes Campaign”.

Simon Ravens is a piano teacher in Ilkley, and put together a pupil's concert video - title 'Concert for Our Local Care Homes'.

Les Goldman organised and coordinated the volunteer musician’s rota, at the request of the Ilkley Coronavirus Response Group. This would allow residents to listen through the window, or to come out and listen at a safe distance from performers and each other of course

“We would like to say a huge massive thank you to everyone who have supported us, thought of us, brought things in, made pictures, sang/played lovely songs for our residents. It has all put a huge smile on our faces and made lockdown that little bit easier to bear. So Thank You once again”

Entries are now open for Straven House’s second annual photo competition and anyone can take part, as the spokesperson explains:

“There are two categories, one photo of nature in Ilkley, so could include animals or insects, but not people, and the second category is taking a photo from your window, for those who are isolating and cannot get outdoors). You can enter both categories if you wish.

Our residents and David Witt from The Camera Shop will judge the entries and there will be prizes to the value of £20.00 including gift vouchers from The Camera Shop and a framed print of the winning photo. Entries to be emailed to and should be in no later than Friday, 18th September 2020.”


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