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.

Care home’s seaside appeal for resident Eddie’s 85th birthday

AN APPEAL has been issued to give an elderly care home resident a seaside birthday party – despite being almost 70 miles from the nearest coastal town.

Staff at Aden Lodge Care Home, in Clayton West, near Huddersfield, are hoping to fulfil resident Edward “Eddie” Case’s 85thbirthday wish.

Unfortunately, Eddie is not able to travel to the coast, so the home is planning on bringing the coast to Eddie.

Staff will be creating an indoor beach for the day, complete with sandcastle making, volleyball and other beach games, mocktails and more.


Pets charm residents at Teesside care home

A HERD of fluffy, four-legged friends were the latest visitors to a Middlesbrough care home.

Rabbits and guinea pigs hopped in to see residents at The Gables Care Home, on Highfield Road, for an animal therapy session.

Staff from Pets at Home, on Teesside Park, Stockton-on-Tees, brought the animals for residents to hold and stroke.

Having contact with the cute, cuddly creatures provides therapeutic benefits for those living with dementia, according to home manager Pam Rodgers.

She said: “Watching, stroking and holding guinea pigs, rabbits and other animals can have a calming and positive impact on everyone – but especially those living with dementia.

Farm animals bring smiles to elderly residents’ faces

HOOVES clattered through the halls of an Ellesmere Port care home when residents were treated to an animal therapy session. 

Two miniature ponies, a goat and a rabbit were among the latest visitors to Aaron Court Care Home, on Princes Road.

The four-legged farm animals were brought to the home by pet therapy company Doolittles Animal Therapy.

The residents were given the opportunity to stroke, cuddle and talk to the animals during the session.

One resident, Mavis Shaw, was brought to tears upon seeing the goat and repeatedly said “thank you” to the company’s expert handlers.

Superfan Malcolm enjoys T-Rex tribute concert 

T-REX superfan Malcolm Temke got to see his favourite band live again when tribute act T-Rextasy played Middlesbrough Theatre.

Despite his dementia, Malcolm recalled many of the band’s lyrics and sang along to classics including “20th Century Boy”, “Get It On” and “Children Of The Revolution”.

He was taken to the concert along with fellow resident Christine Standley by carers at Briarwood Care Home, in Eston, Middlesbrough, where they both live.

After the show, he met the band and lookalike singer, bringing back memories of the many occasions he met T-Rex’s lead singer, Marc Bolan.

Malcom first saw T-Rex play live in 1969, when he was 15-years-old. He has a photo of himself and Marc from the concert.

Knitted walking frame bags bring joy to care home residents

Hand crafted walking frame bags have given care home residents more freedom to get about carrying their “essentials”.

A knitting group from Thornaby Methodist Church, near Middlesbrough, created the bags for residents at Mandale House Care Home.

One of those residents, Mavis Thomas, has been a member of the church and friends with the knitting group organiser, Shirley Whitfield, for over 50 years.

Shirley established Chat and Craft to help members work through their grief after their husbands passed away.

Woman cracking an egg on Carrot Cake Day

NATIONAL Carrot Cake Day has been helping Derbyshire care home residents living with dementia.

Residents at Springbank House Care Home, on Ashgate Road, in Chesterfield, have been recalling their baking skills to mark the national day.

They helped make and decorate buns and cakes before they were served during afternoon tea.

Using their baking skills has proven beneficial for those with dementia, according to home manager Karen Busby.

Care home’s first coffee morning

FAMILIES, friends and VIPs turned out for an inaugural coffee morning at a Peterlee care home. 

The Town Mayor Councillor Scott Meikle, Deputy Mayor Councillor Terry Duffy and Councillor Gordon Carne were among the guests at the first Bannatyne Lodge Care Home community coffee morning.

They were joined by staff, residents and visitors for hot drinks, cakes and a chat.

There was also a tombola to raise money for the residents’ fund, which contributes towards activities and outings for those living at the home.


A TEESSIDE care home transformed into a pizzeria for the day as residents baked their own Italian creations. National Pizza Day was celebrated by staff and residents at The Beeches Care Home, on Green Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

Alwyn Behan, 86, Marian Knightly, 83, Jane Monaghan, 72, and Sylvia Smith, 77, were among those who created their own pizzas.

The residents chose their favourite toppings, including pepperoni, chicken, ham, and a variety of vegetables, before baking them in the oven.

Care home turns into pizzeria for National Pizza Day
Paints and playdough for intergenerational sensory session

The youngsters, all aged two to four years, showed residents how to build sandcastles and make pizzas out of playdough, broccoli, asparagus and red lentils.

They also played with toys in the pond and painted on a clingfilm canvas using brushes and their hands.

Resident Shirley Naylor, 84, said: “I loved having little Heidi on my knee dancing away.”

Margaret Salmon, 93, said: “It was lovely. It really brightened my day.”

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.

Guitarist Keith gets a special gift from pastor

Former church band member Keith Keenan has been gifted a guitar to continue playing in his care home in Skelmersdale.

Keith, who lives at Aaron Crest Care Home, on Tanhouse Road, was given the instrument by Rev Dr Anne Kazich.

The community priest in the parish of St. Paul’s has been visiting the home on a regular basis to lead monthly singing sessions with the residents.

She learned Keith used to play guitar in a church band, so decided to find someone willing to donate a guitar to get him strumming again.

Fortune cookies helping elderly with dementia

FORTUNE cookies are having a therapeutic effect on those living with dementia in the North East.

Residents at Pelton Grange Care Home, in Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, have been making the popular takeaway biscuits in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The home’s cooking enthusiasts took over the kitchen to create the cookies using a traditional recipe – before inserting their own handwritten fortunes.

Using their culinary skills has proven beneficial for those with dementia, according to home manager Chris Hogan-Hind.

He said: "We are always looking for activities to get the residents using familiar skills, especially for those living with dementia, as it has a very positive effect on their mood and wellbeing.

Residents at care home enjoying their Christmas fayre

A CARE home Christmas fayre has raised hundreds of pounds for residents.

Sycamore Hall Care Home’s annual festive celebration was attended by dignitaries from Ripon City Council alongside staff, residents and their family members.

Mayor Cllr Pauline McHardy, her consort Cllr Eamon Parkin and Deputy Mayor Cllr Charlie Powell were among the guests.

Craft stalls selling Christmas gifts, handmade soaps, knitted goods and jigsaws, among other items, helped raised £639.47 for the home’s residents’ fund.

There was also a cake stall and tombola with prizes donated by staff, relatives and friends.

Aden Lodge Christmas card appeal

Make an elderly resident’s Christmas by sending them a card, care home staff have appealed. The festive holidays can be a lonely time for those with no family and friends to celebrate with, says Aden Lodge Care Home manager Kim Hardy. So the home, on Long Lane, Clayton West, is asking the community to consider sending a Christmas card.

Kim said: “Staff do everything they can to make Christmas a special time of year for residents, while providing the care they need.

“A simple Christmas card to our residents will help make their Christmas that much more special.