Bournemouth care home raises £1,881 at summer fete thanks to generosity of local community

A staff member and resident at the summer fete

Our Bournemouth care home, the Retired Nurses National Home (RNNH), has raised an incredible £1,881 at their summer fete. The money will be used to improve the grounds of the home, including their unique ‘Forget-Me-Not’ garden for people living with dementia.

A visitor holding an owl

Staff and residents were joined by over 250 friends, family and members of the local community for the summer celebrations. As Dorset basked in sunshine, visitors enjoyed afternoon tea, BBQ food, ice cream and homemade cakes.

Live entertainment was provided by A.K Academy of Dancing, the Bournemouth Concert Brass Band, and Zumba with Mandy. People young and old enjoyed visiting pet corner and going on the bouncy castle.

The food stalls, alongside the fete raffle, a bric-a-brac stall, a bottle tombola and family games, helped RNNH raise the impressive amount. 

Bournemouth Concert Brass band performingRNNH is committed to building strong relationships between the home and the local community by hosting events like this. For resident Mary Vincent, it was an afternoon to remember.

Mary said: “It was a lovely day and the sun came out for us!

“I really enjoyed watching the children from A.K Academy dancing and seeing so many families having fun. Visitors and friends always say how much they enjoy our summer fete, especially because we have such lovely grounds here.”

The summer fete helped raise funds for improvements to the RNNH grounds. This includes upgrading their Forget-Me-Not garden which provides sensory stimulation for residents living with dementia.

Residents and guests at the summer fete

This special outdoor space is a safe haven for the residents, helping to trigger memories through scents, sounds and touch. Research has shown that people living with dementia are often comforted by this sensory stimulation. They are also able to evoke memories connected to the smell and touch of different plants.

Plans for the horticultural haven include creating different areas of the garden to help accessibility so all RNNH residents – including wheelchair users – can enjoy spending time there.

RNNH manager Alan Johnston said a great afternoon was had by all, and staff were bowled over by the amount of money raised.

Alan said: “It was wonderful to see our residents enjoying the lovely weather, having fun and mingling with visitors at the summer fete.

Two people sat together enjoying the summer fete

“The fact we raised so much money, which will be instrumental in improving the ‘Forget-Me-Not garden, was the cherry on the cake. Thank you to everyone who helped make the fete such a success. It’s clear that everybody who came had a brilliant time.”

The Retired National Nurses Home was originally designed as a care home for people who used to work in the nursing profession, but now welcomes everyone.

Set amongst beautiful gardens, residents are cared for by a well-trained, compassionate team who offer personalised care and an active social calendar. At the RNNH’s  dementia unit, a specially-trained care team provide dementia-focused care to residents living with dementia.

To find out more about the Retired Nurses National Home, please call 01202 396 418 or email