Donisthorpe Launches New Fundraising Scheme

Donisthorpe Hall is offering the public an opportunity to become a Doni-Donor by making a donation from as little as £5 a month.

The recently launched scheme has gradually gained impetus, mostly after fundraising co-ordinator Alexandra Myers and head physiotherapist Harriet Eaton gave a recent talk at the Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue.

Radio Jcom producer Noel Sumroy was one of the first to sign up for the scheme. “I thought the talk was very informative but I hadn’t realised before how the home relied on outside financial help.

“The idea is brilliant. It’s just a small amount to give each month and if it  helps in some way then I am happy to contribute.”

The two women said not enough is known about the internal workings of the five-star Moortown care home. Consequently, Harriet and Alexandra made a concerted effort to inform the community.

“When people become residents in Donisthorpe Hall their life does not end – it’s the beginning of a new chapter,” said Alexandra, “it’s one which can be as fulfilling and enjoyable as they want it to be.”

Harriet, who has been working at the home for just over 3 years and loves the day-to-day challenges, said her role is not only to provide rehabilitation for the residents but to support the staff in the care they deliver.

“Before I started I had little or no involvement in Donisthorpe – I had no idea what a fantastic facility we have within our community for looking after our loved ones.

“It’s a very homely environment with a crammed timetable of over fifty activity sessions, including bingo, arts and crafts, keep fit, concerts, reminiscence sessions, outings to places of interest and shopping sprees. Our aim is to make residents feel at home.”

Fundraising Co-ordinator Alexandra Myers with two of Donisthorpe's "Doni Donors"; Louise Levin and Noel Sumroy
Fundraising Co-ordinator Alexandra Myers with two of Donisthorpe’s “Doni Donors”; Louise Levin and Noel Sumroy

Donisthorpe runs at a maximum capacity of 182 residents, ranging from ages sixty-five to 101, with nearly 80 residents over the age of ninety.

It is where people only venture if they have family or friends residing there, but the home has an open door and anyone is welcome to visit.

Alexandra explains: “People say it is quite costly to reside at Donisthorpe Hall but they don’t realise that 80% of our residents are funded by the State. However, the money received by the State does not cover the cost of a person’s stay at the home –there is a weekly shortfall of approximately £100 per government-funded resident.”

Financial controller Heather Anderson was delighted with the scheme. “Donisthorpe relies on the generosity of its supporters to bridge the gap between the income received directly for resident care, and the costs to run the home.”

Alexandra added: “We need a community commitment and our Doni-Donor scheme will help kick-start that goal.”


by John Fisher