Get muddy with your mates and raise some money for LOROS Hospice

Get muddy with your mates and raise some money for LOROS Hospice

Introducing a new LOROS Hospice challenge this year ‘The Mudnificent 7’, the UK’s most popular mud and obstacle race.

Devised by seven of the top obstacle race designers in the UK, their expertise has been utilised to create an exhilarating and challenging obstacle race that will really test your strength and stamina.

The 7km course takes place at 12.30pm on 11th August, and requires participants to overcome physical and mental challenges. The course must be completed on foot and is likely to include mud and water, so expect to get dirty.  Each 1km zone is unique and changes each year, so no two courses are the same.

Homeless get helping hand and hot soup from care home

Homeless get helping hand and hot soup from care home

A POP-UP soup kitchen will open in a Teesside care home to serve hot food and drinks to the homeless.

Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, Thornaby, is opening the kitchen following the success of their food bank appeal in December.

They are working with local initiative Hope for the Homeless North East, launched as a Facebook group by Darlington resident Ray Cook.

Ray has donated lots of bottled water and cans of soup for the kitchen, which will open from 11am to 1pm on Wednesday, 7th February 2018.

The home’s hairdresser is also offering free haircuts to anyone who visits.

The home is also launching an appeal for any sleeping bags, hats, coats, gloves as well as blankets, to provide ongoing support to the area’s homeless.

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

Dementia Dare Devil Wing Walk

An East Sussex lady, whose husband Derek resides at Clifden House dementia care centre, completed a dare devil wing walk to raise awareness and help reduce the stigma of dementia.
Delia Spindlow, whose husband was diagnosed with dementia a few years ago said “It’s hard when someone close to you has dementia. While my husband is lucky enough to be in the superb care of Clifden House Dementia Care Centre in Seaford, I still wanted to do something to raise further awareness of this debilitating disease. “
Delia’s wing walk challenge took place on 23 September and helped raise money for Eastbourne Dementia Action Alliance, with the staff at Clifden House donating to the fundraising efforts.

Fundraisers pedal their way to victory in care home cycling challenge 

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A charity cycling event saw young footballers and elderly care home residents join forces to cover almost 200 miles on exercise bikes. 

One of the participants was 75-year-old Margaret Waggitt, a lifelong cycling enthusiast from Pelton Grange Care Home in Chester le Street. 

Margaret covered almost two miles in just one sitting and added a further three miles later on in just 15 minutes.

Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

Opening of new £6.74m care facility proved to be a right royal occasion

A leading care provider celebrated a right royal occasion earlier this month when it opened its doors to a new £6.74m care facility. 

The Orders of St John Care Trust officially opened its newest home - The Lakes Care Centre - on 20 July in South Cerney, Cirencester. 

As part of the celebrations, HRH The Princess Royal visited the centre and met with residents and employees as she took a look around and found out more about the baking and reminiscence activities at the care facility. 

Princess Anne also met with Mrs Sybil Fleury, the first resident to move into The Lakes, who invited the Princess to see the spacious bedroom and en-suite wet room facilities available to residents. 

Pop-up car wash raises funds for Chesterfield care home residents


A POP UP car wash has raised over £200 for Chesterfield care home residents.

Springbank House Care Home, on Ashgate Road, organised the car wash and BBQ to raise money for the residents’ fund.

The fund helps pay for day trips and luxury items for those living at the home.

Staff and volunteers from Springbank House washed, rinsed and dried more than 20 cars, raising £210 in total.

Karen Busby, home manager, said: “We probably could have washed more cars but we ran out of time.

“We’ve already had lots of enquiries about whether we’re going to run another car wash fundraiser so we’re planning on doing it again in August.

Charity bag pack raises over £800 for Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimer’s Society

A ST HELENS supermarket charity bag pack has raised hundreds of pounds for the Alzheimer’s Society.


Staff from four care homes across the North West spent the day on the checkouts at Morrisons helping customers with their packing.


The generous shoppers donated a total of £835.59 – with all proceeds going towards research and support for those living with dementia.


Staff from four Hill Care Group homes took part, including:


• Halton View Care Home, Sadler Street, Widnes

• Alderwood Care Home, Simpson Road, Worsley

• Simonsfield Care Home, Boston Avenue, Runcorn

• Lever Edge Care Home, Lever Edge Lane, Bolton.


Care home staff’s Snowdon climb raises over £1,000

Snowden climb

STAFF from a Runcorn care home have scaled Snowdon and raised over £1,000 for those living with dementia.


The sponsored walk to the peak of Wales’ highest mountain, at 1,085m, was tackled by staff from Simonsfield Care Home, on Boston Avenue.


They include Alex Groundwater, Alison Clifton and her daughter Lucy, Beverley Stubbs, Liam Nelson, Liam Mulholland, Carla Burnet, Olivia Mercer, Katie Evans, Gemma Johnson, Cary Nicholls, Debbie Jones and her daughter Megan.


The sponsorship funds will be used to buy sensory equipment for residents living with dementia at the specialist care home.


Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

BURTON Closes Hall Care Home and Bakewell AJ Welldressing have unveiled their well-dressing at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.


More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event, which takes place from 7th to 11th June.


The Bakewell team is one of only five to showcase their well-dressing skills at the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition.


The design focuses on one of Bakewell’s oldest buildings, Burton Closes Hall, which is now a care home operated by the Hill Care Group.


Carl J D Fisher, home manager at Burton Closes Hall, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the stunning design from the AJ Welldressing team at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Luxury retirement village supports mental health awareness week

retirement village

Staff at a luxury retirement village in Chorley organised a ‘Walk for Change’ in support of Mental Health Awareness Week. 


Residents, the team and friends of the award winning Buckshaw Retirement Village came together for a stroll around the village to raise awareness of mental health. The walk, which was organised by activity coordinator Alison Evans, was also used as an opportunity for those taking part to socialise.

Sandra Livesey, from Lancashire Care NHS, joined the strollers alongside her colleagues who explained the need to raise awareness of mental health issues and the benefits of social wellbeing to the group.

Charity cycle challenge at Sheffield care home


OVER 300 pedal-powered miles have been clocked up by volunteers at a Sheffield care home to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.


That charity cycling challenge was held at The Laurels and The Limes Care Home, on Manchester Road.


Residents, staff, family members, former Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and volunteers from the Sheffield Wednesday National Citizenship Service (NCS) all took part.


They covered a total of 332 miles and raised £150 for the Alzheimer’s Society.


Kevin Hodgson, home manager of The Limes, said: “Our thanks go to everyone who took part in the charity cycling challenge for the Alzheimer’s Society.


Social media campaign launched to highlight benefits of electronic record sharing

NCPC launches campaign to boost awareness about electronic record sharing

A social media campaign has been launched to help people find out more about electronic record sharing for end of life care. 

The Know About Me campaign will be launched by the National Council for Palliative Care next week and will run for four weeks.

Each week will have a different theme that will explain why record sharing matters, how it can help, address concerns and look at the practical next steps. 

The campaign, which was commissioned by NHS England, aims to help people understand why electronic record sharing an help them or their loved ones when receiving palliative or end of life care. 

Lords debate to scrutinise progress on end of life care

House of Lords set to scrutinise progress on end of life care

A debate into the success of scheme that aims to improve care for the dying is set to take place tomorrow. 

The House of Lords will convene on Tuesday 14 March to evaluate the success of the 2016 National Commitment for End of Life Care. 

Baroness Ilora Finlay will use the Questions for Short Debate (QSD) procedure to "ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to ensure that Clinical Commissioners respect the undertakings made in Our Commitments to you for end of life care: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care."

The Commitment was considered to be a major step forward for many end of life and palliative care organisations, including the National Council for Palliative Care. 

Social housing and care provider raises thousands for cancer centre

A social housing and care provider has spent the past 12 months taking on a whole host of wacky fundraising events to raisback-left-darren-griffiths-and-karen-davies-linc-social-committee-mem_0.jpge thousands of pounds for a valuable cancer centre. 

Linc Cymru Housing Association, based in South Wales, has raised £7000 for its adopted charity, Velindre Cancer Centre in honour of a member of staff. 

The association's social committee organised a wide range of fundraising activities from a Gung-Ho inflatable assault course and a Man vs Horse challenge. 

SweetTree is proud sponsor of Headway’s Carer of The year Award

Award-winning home care services provider SweetTree is proud to sponsor the Carer of the Year Award at brain injury charity Headway’s 2016 12 National Heroes Awards this year.

The winners were announced in London on Friday 16th December 2016 by double Olympic Gold Medallist James Cracknell and included awards for Carer, Volunteer and Alex Richardson Achiever of the Year, along with The Stephen McAleese for Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award. The aim of the awards is to recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions individuals and have made to the charity on a local and national level.



‘Tis the season to get sociable

‘Tis the season to get sociable

Top tips from SuperCarers’ Founder, Adam Pike


One is the loneliest number
One is the loneliest number and at a time traditionally for catching up with loved ones, no one should be alone over the festive period. But living alone shouldn’t mean feeling lonely. Get planning now to see relatives and friends. From drinks on Christmas Eve to a New Year’s Day walk, there are plenty of opportunities to get social over the holidays


Spreading the Christmas cheer
Over 12 million of us head away over the festive period, so stock the car with snacks, plan your route and brave the roads! It’s a great time of year to make the most of the bank holidays and visit elderly relatives and friends who may struggle to travel

Young and old make special memories

Mansfield Rotary Club’s first female president has brought young and old together for an afternoon of memories and fun at West Nottinghamshire College this week.

Cate Hunt took up her role this year as the club’s first female president in its 88 year history. She retired from West Nottinghamshire College this summer after 17 years’ service, leaving her latest role as advice and student support service manager.

Shortly before her retirement, avid walker Cate walked the coastline of Jersey to raise funds. She successfully trekked the 48.1 miles in 14 hours 13 minutes and proudly raised £830, which Cate wanted to put to good use in the community.

Bield Staff Complete Fearless Feat for Charity

Kashmir -  Bield Staff Complete Fearless Feat for Charity by abseiling forth bridge


Four daring staff members from a Linlithgow very sheltered housing development have taken a huge leap to raise a whopping £1,200 for charity.

Kashmir Potter, Gillian Scott, Helen Dunn and James Hill from Bield’s Brae Court very sheltered housing development completed the 165ft abseil down Scotland’s iconic Forth Rail Bridge, to cap off a wonderful year of fundraising for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS).

Rena Kirton-Vaughan, Manager at Brae Court, said: “I am so proud of the team for raising such a fantastic amount of money for a great charity.

Step challenge improves health of staff and residents

Winning team, The Abemarle Angels, made up of staff from Albemarle care home, Hedon

Staff from a Hull and East Riding based care group have successfully completed a company-wide health and fundraising challenge, walking millions of miles to raise money for residents.

Teams of staff from Hica Group, a not for profit organisation which runs 20 residential care homes and 2 retirement villages, walked almost 34 million steps during the four week competition, raising £814 for their Shine Fund.
The winning group, the Albemarle Angels from Albemarle care home in Hedon, walked 2,300 miles, winning five Fitbit’s for their efforts.  Other teams were also recognised for the most creative ways to gain steps and for the best photographs, winning runners up prizes of books and chocolates. 

London to Paris charity cycle ride for Hill Care MD

Managing Director of Hill Care Group

A GRUELING charity cycle ride will be undertaken by the Managing Director of Hill Care Group.

Wendy Waddicor will pedal over 300 miles from London to Paris to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society. She will spend four days in July next year travelling between the capital cities of England and France under her own pedal power.

The challenge will be the highlight of nine months of fundraising activities across the care home group, which is based in Chesterfield and operates homes across the north of England.

She announced the ride at Hill Care’s annual conference, which focused excellence through leadership, inspiring the group’s homes to organise their own events and activities in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.