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Wonderful Volunteers



At Bernhard Baron Care Home we are proud to have a wonderful team of dedicated volunteers who give up their time to visit the home on a regular basis and help support our residents in their day-to-day lives.


The group of volunteers, around 12 in total, are a key part of life at the care home in Polegate, East Sussex. They have a wide range of roles, including driving the minibus and assisting on outings, running the shop, providing musical and other entertainment, organising and accompanying the hymns at the Sunday service and (don’t tell Santa!) filling Christmas stockings.


Above all, they are always around to catch up and chat to individual residents over a cup of tea or coffee or take a stroll with them around the leafy five acres of grounds and gardens at the home, which is made up of 24 individual cottages and 34 en-suite bed-sitting rooms in the main building.


The volunteers include Janet and Tony Mottram who became involved with the BBCH when Janet’s father moved there in 1998. It wasn’t long before it turned into their “second home”.


The couple started helping out with small day-to-day tasks before officially applying to be taken on as volunteers.



Since then they have become involved in a wide variety of roles, which included helping out on a daily basis during the entire lockdown.


Janet said:

“We have a lot of fun and there is such a lovely atmosphere here.”

BBCH Manager, Jan Andrews, said:

“It takes a special kind of person to be a volunteer and we are immensely grateful for the time and effort they provide. Like the staff, they are very much a part of the BBCH family and our residents really look forward to seeing them.”

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