Owners of a care home in Oxfordshire have raised money for Bloodwise, a charity who funds world-class research in blood cancer, by cycling the 500km from London to Paris as their supportive residents watched on.
Owners of Churchfields Care Home, Jane and Gerry Roberts, embarked on their recent journey, departing from London as they biked their way towards Paris, travelling via Folkestone, where they made the voyage across the channel. They then made their way to Abbeville, Beauvais, and finally on to Paris, with the ride taking four days.
As the duo continued on their journey, residents at the home kept track of their progress, using a board to monitor their locations. Each day, Gerry and Jane would send new photographs of different landmark’s they’d reached, giving the Churchfields community an opportunity to share in the experience. Jane and Gerry, with friends, helped raise a staggering £15,000.
A team from leading mobility and home healthcare equipment supplier Clearwell Mobility, took part in the annual Dragon Boat Festival dressed as Gangsta Grannies to raise money for charity on Sunday September 8.
The entertaining event at Tilgate Park was the 17th dragon boat festival in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice, which helps support terminally ill people in West Sussex and East Surrey. A dragon boat is a boat of a traditional Chinese design and decorated to look like a dragon.
The Clearwell Mobility team set themselves a fundraising target of £1,000 which had already been exceeded before the race. This was through sponsorship pledges and a staff raffle, with the chance to win an extra day’s holiday, causing much excitement from the staff and netting £300.
Kind-hearted healthcare professionals from Nuffield Health Newcastle Hospital will complete the forthcoming Great North Run in aid of local charity St Oswald’s Hospice.
Gemma McGlen, Supplies Lead at Nuffield Newcastle, will run her 4th GNR alongside 9 of her colleagues. The group are running to raise funds and awareness for St Oswald’s Hospice, a specialist palliative care provider for babies, children, young people and adults living with life limiting illnesses and their families.
Gemma, who organised the team run, suggested fundraising for the hospice as they recently supported her colleague and close friend. Gemma said: “My friend recently lost a family member who was cared for at St Oswald’s. They were understandably devastated, but felt the hospice went the extra mile to ensure their loved one was comfortable and cared for with compassion, dignity and respect.
Employees from Orchard Care Homes, one of the UK’s leading care providers for the elderly, have gone above and beyond to raise money for a leading industry charity by climbing the highest mountain in Wales.
Last month, an intrepid team of twenty staff took on the challenge of climbing Mount Snowdon by night! At 1,085 metres above sea level and located in Snowdonia National Park, it was truly a daunting proposition and one that the Support Centre and field-based staff took on with anticipation.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.