Broadening Choices for Older People (BCOP)

Registered Charity Number 1074954

Total raised
£3489.00 + £746.50 Gift Aid = £4235.50
+ £735.25 Gift Aid
+ £11.25 Gift Aid

About Broadening Choices for Older People (BCOP)

BCOP has been actively looking after the interests of older people in Birmingham for over seventy years by providing a range of life-style opportunities from supported and independent living through to nursing care and other specialised advice and guidance services within the community.

Through fundraising we are able to finance new initiatives to support older people such as sensory gardens at our registered dementia nursing homes and Pet-Farms to include Animal Assisted Activities. Thank you for your support.

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Viv's Zumba-thon

My mother, Audrey Semmens, is 90 and has dementia.
She has been a resident of Robert Harvey House (RHH) for three years.
RHH is one of the care homes run by Broadening Choices for Older People (BCOP), a Birmingham based charity which has been actively looking after the interests of older people for over seventy years.
They provide a range of opportunities - supported and independent living, nursing care, specialised advice and guidance services within the community.My mom's physical and mental issues increased following the death of my dad and, more recently, my brother.
Mom became more withdrawn and immobile and the healthcare professionals advised a more social environment with 24/7 care.
After ‘desk-top’ research of care homes which, on paper, were rated at least ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, seven were visited.
Most were dreadful – depressing, dirty, smelly, rat traps instead of flowers and plants.
Just awful.Robert Harvey House was better by miles – lively, clean, cheerful, lots of animals, chirpy staff, and a Sensory Street.I will be taking part in a Zumba-thon from 10.30am -1.30pm on 21 March 2020. My chosen charity is BCOP, specifically to raise money for Robert Harvey House for the animal houses within the pet-farm, which accommodate guinea pigs, parrots, ducks, goats. The Animal Assisted Activities provide real therapeutic benefit and form part of the sensory experience that helps improve the residents’ sense of well-being. The animal houses require refurbishment. Last year, I was interviewed for the BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire programme about the Sensory Street and my mother’s experience: demonstrations are always a cause for much laughter from participants and residents alike at the annual Cultural Festival. After being 'encouraged’ by the home's manager to join in, I now go to classes several times a week.Due to current circumstances, I shall be doing the Zumbathon from the privacy of my own home! Video evidence will be available of course. I will match fund the monies donated by 31 March 2020. This funding page will then close.Dementia doesn’t take prisoners.
Thanks in advance.


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