A DROITWICH man has raised more than £50,000 for group of disabled residents in a Midlands care home over the past 10 years.
Paul Massey has helped Sparrowfields Care Home in Weoley Castle, Birmingham to fund activities ranging from group outings to local pantomimes and theme parks, as well as individual holidays and recreational equipment for the care home.
Mr Massey is group CEO of AKW, which adapts bathrooms and kitchens for disabled people, and thanks to his contributions, residents at the home have participated in everything from bowling and cinema trips, to bonfire night celebrations, days out to Thorpe Park and the London Eye, and holidays to Cornwall, Greece and Sweden.
He said: “10 years ago, on my 50th birthday, I decided to improve the lives of residents at Sparrowfields. My son, Christian, suffers from autism and epilepsy and, while the care at Sparrowfields is of the highest standard, the quality of life is not necessarily quite like life for those not in a care home.
“Over the last 10 years, I’ve had a great deal of fun organising the events to raise money for the home, along with other local businessmen, Steve Jones and Ian Cole, and have been frequently overwhelmed by people’s generosity when they attend events. But, by far the best thing is seeing what a difference the money makes to the residents’ lives – even if it’s buying something as simple as a television, something we all take for granted.”
Jacqueline Rush, home manager at Sparrowfields, added: “Paul’s fundraising efforts have had a huge impact on the lives of our residents, giving them opportunities to experience a whole range of activities that life has to offer.
“Our residents have been able to go anywhere and everywhere they want to thanks to Paul’s hard work and people’s generosity. He has always worked hard to ensure that the residents feel involved in fundraising activities, inviting them to participate or attend, where possible and that also makes a real difference.”