21 May 2018

The Corrin Memorial Home is entering a new era after it received a Celton Manx Recognition award to fund the purchase of a large-screen TV and laptop.

Residents of the Peel residential care home will not only be able to enjoy their favourite programmes on a new television but will also be invited to share their memories of the past and have them made available online for future generations.

Derek Cannon, a governor of the home, said: ‘We’re enormously grateful to Celton Manx for this Recognition award. The Corrin Memorial Home is an old building requiring constant and costly upkeep and modernisation. As we are a charitable trust that relies heavily on community support, our funds could never have stretched to buying this magnificent 65-inch TV and laptop. It’s now our hope to continue the legacy of the Tell Me Project which gave older people the opportunity to share their memories through interviews with school children.

‘This is especially relevant in 2018 as it marks the centenary of the end of the First World War, so we look forward to working with schools in the area and heritage organisations to capture residents’ recollections. This is not only as a great way to provide them with mental stimulation but also for the younger generation to learn more about the past. In this way, with the support of Celton Manx, we see 2018 as the beginning of a new era for the Corrin Memorial Home, which has been providing care for the elderly since it opened its doors for its first residents in 1956.’

Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery said: ‘In the current economic climate government, the private sector and third sector organisations such as the Corrin Memorial Home are having to work smarter and operate more innovatively to deliver and develop their services.

‘The home’s board of governors and trustees are responding with vigour to these new challenges and are clearly committed to providing the very best care for their residents, including a varied programme of entertainment.

‘The Corrin Memorial Home recognises that older people have a wealth of memories and knowledge worthy of capture for the benefit of future generations.

‘Celton Manx applauds the vision of Derek and his colleagues to engage with the local community and contribute to the Island’s social history, so has been pleased to further their aims with this Recognition award.’

Recognition is the corporate social responsibility programme of Celton Manx.

The scheme aims to recognise and support the island’s lower-profile charities and not-for-profit organisations with only limited resources in order to fund, develop and promote their services.

In 2018 Celton Manx made 25 Recognition awards. Applications for the 2019 Recognition programme will open in November 2018.

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(Martin Moore of Celton Manx, second left, with the Corrin Memorial Home’s administrator Lisa Simms, matron Sandra Gear, governors Derek Cannon and Margaret Jones and trustee Geoffrey Bell in front of the new TV provided through the Celton Manx Recognition scheme. Photo Matt Mosur)

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