Christmas gifts for Royal British Legion care home residents

Tim Fountain of the Royal British Legion Riders with staff at Galanos House with the Christmas presents.

Tim Fountain of the Royal British Legion Riders with staff at Galanos House with the Christmas presents.

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Residents at a care home in Southam for ex-military personnel and their families were given some Christmas cheer by volunteer riders.

More than 30 members of the Royal British Legion Riders Branch (RBLR), along with members of the All Or Nothing Scooter Club (AONSC) travelled to the Royal British Legion’s care home, Galanos House, on the weekend before Christmas, bearing gifts donated by the public and supermarkets from across the West Midlands.

Members of the AONSC also presented a donation of £400 to the care home, raised through selling patches at a recent scooter ride.

Tim Fountain of the RBLR said: “Many of the residents were eagerly awaiting our arrival and the reception we receive is always heartwarming. For a number of those attending, it was their first visit - and to say they were left awestruck at the quality of the home and the care given to the residents is an understatement.”

Jo Ann Wilson, house manager at Galanos, said: “For some people without families, it will be the only gifts they have, so it is really special. Donations of money or presents to the Residents Amenity Fund mean that our residents can have all those little extras that make life enjoyable. We are so very grateful for all the support we are given.”

The RBLR has 6,000 members, who support the Royal British Legion alongside organising rides on two and three-wheeled bikes and trikes. To find out more, email rblr.warwickshire@gmail.com