In an attempt to make a difference to the lives of elderly residents at the Espiche Home for the Elderly, St Vincent’s Anglican Church presented the home with eight wheelchairs and bathing rail aids. These were funded by an independent charitable trust which is administered by the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe.
Three years ago, St Vincent’s heard that the Espiche home was in need of support and since then members of the Praia da Luz congregation have regularly visited – always receiving a warm welcome.
Through fundraising, the church has provided the home with Christmas presents for the residents, heaters and radiators, blankets and a large television.
“This latest gift of wheelchairs and bathing aids will have a positive impact on the lives of residents, giving them more independence, dignity and a better quality of life”, said a spokesperson for the church. “The wheelchairs, being easy to manoeuvre, will also make life easier for the professionals who care for them.”
Photo: Members of St Vincent’s Anglican Church with residents and staff