Lacey Turner for Cupcake Day

Dust off your baking bowls and whip out your whisks, Alzheimer’s Society’s Cupcake Day is back on Thursday 13 June. Actress and Alzheimer’s Society supporter, Lacey Turner, is urging everyone to unite against dementia with their families, friends and colleagues, by baking or buying cupcakes to raise vital funds.

Being close to friends and colleagues affected by dementia, Lacey Turner is now supporting the cause, having taken part in a Cupcake Day tasting event last year. Speaking about supporting Cupcake Day, Lacey said:

Daredevil nurses Sue & Julie will be zip lining for children’s hospice

A DAREDEVIL 70-year-old nurse will take on three zip lining challenges in just two hours to raise funds for a children’s hospice. 

Sue Shooter will soar over Penrhyn Quarry, in Wales, for a total of nearly 2km in aid of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, in Huddersfield.

The Registered General Nurse (RGN) at Aden House Care Home, in Clayton West, will cover the distance by flying down three zip wires in “Europe’s largest zip zone”.

Sue decided to take on the Zip World Titan challenge after her 70thbirthday. She will be joined experience by fellow RGN Julia Woodhead.

Sue said: “People were asking me what I would like for a present and there’s nothing I really need at my age. 

Care home staff packing shopping for children’s cancer charity

GENEROUS shoppers have donated hundreds of pounds to children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent after care home workers helped pack their bags.

Staff from several Huddersfield care homes spent their day off helping at the checkouts at Morrisons, on Penistone Road.

In just four hours packing customers’ shopping, they raised a total of £324.27 for CLIC Sargent, which provides financial and specialist support for young people and their families affected by cancer.

The team from Aden Court, Aden House, Aden Lodge, Aden Mount and Aden View care homes, all operated by the Hill Care Group, are now aiming to repeat the fundraising activity.

They plan on spending a full day at the supermarket to raise £1,000 for the charity.

Hospital tombola helps care home raise funds for charity

CARE home staff are continuing to raise hundreds of pounds for stroke survivors and their families – as part of a year-long fundraising campaign.

A tombola at the University Hospital of North Tees was run by staff from The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

Deputy manager Rachel Harris and activities coordinator Jess Roth manned the stand, selling tickets and giving away prizes including scented candles and toiletries.

Alongside a coffee morning at the home, this has added another £97 to the £660 total the home has already raised for the Stroke Association throughout last year.

Supermarket bag pack raises funds for care home flower beds

CARERS have been packing shopping bags to buy elderly residents raised flower beds for their care home’s garden. Staff and family members from Willowdene Care Home, on Victoria Road West, Hebburn, spent the day at Morrisons helping shoppers with their packing.

The supermarket’s generous customers donated £477.61 on the day, taking the home’s total to £1,482.61 of their £3,000 target so far.

They are aiming to create a sensory garden with the funds, including raised flower beds and a potting shed.

“It’s like a blanket on a cold night” video

As Fuel Poverty Awareness Day approaches (Friday 17 February), national charity Friends of the Elderly is encouraging older people who need help heating their homes to apply to its small grant scheme.

The charity offers one-off grants to older people to help relieve the stress and worry often experienced by those living on a low income.

Mary, 78, from Oxfordshire, contacted the charity because she had nowhere else to turn and no one to talk to. She had been diagnosed with lung cancer and said she was desperate and couldn’t cope. Friends of the Elderly contributed towards the cost of her heating bill.