We would like to share with you a wonderful Thanksgiving poem, written by Sue Clarke, a Healthcare Assistant here at Beaumond House.
Before 1987, Beaumond House was someone's home
filled with love, hope & laughter
and doubtless a dog with a bone!
So, in keeping with the tradition
we've become the place we now are
the custom of care and compassion
is what we use to position the bar.
We're here to give thanks for our blessings
and Beaumond House has had quite a few
the list is long, so let's begin
and bring all that we can into view.
Volunteers are first on the agenda
as their work keeps turning the cogs
the stuff that happens behind the scenes
is what stops the machine getting clogged!
So, for them we'd like to say thank you
you're the Trojans that work quietly
you're good at oiling the engine
and a pleasant reinforcement to see!
We're all grateful for the refurbishments
for the new flooring, new blinds & chairs
the signposts on the doors & reception
so new-comers know who, what and where!
Our new furniture was very welcome
it looks great & cleaning's much easier
the domestics work-in their magic
& the place looks brighter & breezier!
So, a 'thank you' for all those who clean us
to you, who make us glisten and shine
no matter where in the building
Beaumond House looks & smells mighty fine.
And let us not forget the new washing machine
and the all-dancing-all-singing drier
we're grateful for the chance to do laundry
and glad that the machine isn't higher!
The kitchen of course, does its own magic
we are grateful for this and give thanks
with talented cooks in the kitchen
we're on a par with the best cooks in France!
The meal choices are new every morning
the menus themselves often changed
a fresh fruit smoothie on offer each day
and options that can be re-arranged.
The kitchen is getting new helpers
we're grateful for their work and good will
and we're glad of the recent herb garden
to provide marjoram, thyme, mace and dill.
The staff have all got new badges;
"Hello, my name is..." says the phrase
this means we're professionally friendly
and with whom it's quite nice to liaise
Our aim is to one day be paperless
and started Phase 1 this New Year
Phase 2 will finish in September
when we'll all be up to speed & in gear!
We had a new sluice before Christmas
helping carers and cleaners the same
we're grateful for having a separate room
where waste can be thrown without shame!
Now let us move on to the wet room
a bathroom that's spacious and large
the patients enjoy their shower in there
& it's just the right size for a barge!
Wellingtons could be a solution
or maybe waders that fishermen wear
a paddle would come in quite handy
and a rudder with which to steer!
The MacMillan Quality Environment Mark
was awarded to Beaumond House this year
which means for those who come to this home
they really do enjoy being here!
So, for this we'd like to say thank you
not everyone has won this award
so, thanks for everyone's contribution
for making us look like a "peaceful fjord".
Our fundraising team just work marvels
they arrange our resourceful events
the list is really exceptionally long
often involving marquees and big tents.
In August the Upton Summer BBQ & Race
where Doncaster's will supply meats
the BBQ tent will be crowded of course
as people enjoy delicious food treats.
We've partnered with Talents Solicitors
who'll donate for each "will" they write
the donation is gradually growing in size
£3,000 pounds is nearly in sight!
Waitrose is running a Green Token Scheme
and three charities are in the race
the charities get to share £1,000 pounds
but most goes to whoever's in first place!
(vote for us with your green token!)
At Newark Showground in October
is our "Light the Night" Glow Run,
Running in the dark with glow sticks
will provide much family fun.
Newark Castle & Southwell Minster
in December will beacon their lights
a "Light-up-a Life" donation appeal
& in a memorial service unite.
The list is too long to keep going
but for all, we want to give thanks
without generous hearts and good ideas
we'd struggle to shore-up our banks.
We don't want to miss any "one" or "thing" out
not nurses, IT, or indeed carers
nor admin, drivers, or Hospice at Home,
not reception or HR - we're all sharers!
The Beaumond House Team just want to say thanks
to all who have brought about good
this place works best when united we stand
in this Newark on Trent neighborhood.