Hopes for sensory garden after fundraising

Cheque presentation

Cheque presentation

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Staff at Isle of Man Bank’s Peel branch swapped their desks and counters to serve behind car boot stalls when they organised a special project in aid of two local charities.

The event, in Peel’s Corrin Hall, raised a total of £560 which was swelled by a further £500 from the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Community Cashback scheme, which recognises the efforts of bank staff who raise money for local causes. Overall, the result was cheques for £530 each being presented to the Parkinsons Disease Society and the Corrin Memorial Home.

The Corrin Home is putting its share of the money towards the construction of a sensory garden for the benefit of residents.

Peel branch manager Chris Dawson said: ‘The goods and items on offer at the car boot sale were provided mainly by our staff, or their friends and relatives, who also manned the stalls. In addition, they organised raffles and a cake stall and arranged glitter tattoos and a bouncy castle to entertain the children. We all had great fun as well as raising a large sum for charity.’

The Corrin Home plans to provide a sensory garden in a lawned area of the complex to include sweet-smelling plants and water features to try to attract birds to the area, the idea being the provision of a garden - together with seating - will have therapeutic value for the residents.

Pamela Shimwell-Mayo from the Parkinson’s Disease Society was joined in the Atholl Street branch of the bank by Corrin Home officials Harold Crellin and Judith Turner where the cheques were presented by Mr Dawson.

Pictured, from left, are Chris Dawson, Billy Harrison, Olivia McKenzie and Pamela Shimwell-Mayo (Parkinsons Disease Society), Judith Turner and Harold Crellin (Corrin Home), Heather Gleave, Denise Cannell, Tracey Crennell and Marie Horne (Isle of Man Bank).

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