Donna’s sweet treats bring tears of joy at Crawley care home

Care home residents cried with joy after a mother-of-eight gave a huge amount of chocolates and sweets to them for Easter.

Carers and residents burst into tears as Donna Stowe, 29, and her husband Peter, from Hailsham, gave out 180 presents to Burleys Wood Care Home’s 60 residents in Furnace Green.



Donna and Peter delivered the gifts in his Vauxhall Zafira with a few of their children on March 27.

Some 50 residents received a chocolate Easter egg, a gift bag of sweets and sweet-filled Christmas crackers.

The remaining ten were diabetic and got flowers and a mug with a cuddly toy inside.

Dee Jewell, 44, activities co-ordinator at the home, said the donation, which cost Donna around £160, was the biggest the care home had received to her knowledge.

She said: “There were lots and lots of tears.

“I had to keep leaving the room, hugging the residents and crying.”

Dee said an 87-year-old resident burst into tears and thanked Donna for her time after she presented him his Easter gifts.

Donna’s grandmother Joyce Oram stayed at the home from February until her death in July last year.

Donna said she struggled to cope after the loss of her grandmother who she described as her “best friend”.

Donna said: “I wanted to make something that was so negative for me to something positive.

“I came away and I was totally overwhelmed by the whole thing.

“Even now thinking about it I feel so much of a better person for the day.”

Donna said she visited her grandmother, who lived in Crawley, twice per week at the care home in the months before she died.

Donna said: “She was my best friend, I spent a lot of time with her at weekends during school holidays.

“She was very happy in that nursing home.”

All of Donna and Peter’s eight children, whose ages range from 11 months to 11, met Joyce.

Donna said she would visit the care home again to have scones and tea with the residents.