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10-mile sponsored walk helps pay for care home seaside trip

Springbank House Care Home

CARE home staff, Springbank House Care Home, raised hundreds of pounds to treat their residents to a trip to the seaside after completing a 10-mile sponsored walk.

Workers at Springbank House Care Home, in Chesterfield, took on the challenge so they could take those in their care to Cleethorpes.

The collected over £500 in sponsorship, which will help towards transportation costs for the outing.

Karen Busby, home manager at Springbank House Care Home, on Ashgate Road, said: Springbank House Care Hom

Singing for elderly veterans in wounded soldiers’ show

The This Is Not For You

ELDERLY ex-servicemen and women living in care homes across Teesside were represented at a show, This Is Not For You Show, to honour the survivors of war.

This Is Not For You took place at the Stockton International Riverside Festival, performed by veterans and backed by a forty-strong choir of local singers.

The show tells the story of wounded soldiers who returned from WW1 and were treated with less respect and honour than those who died.

A member of the show choir, Julie Walker took part as a tribute to the veterans living in care homes where she works, as well as in memory of her grandfather, John Godwin.

Care home staff pack shopping bags for Stroke Association

Stroke Association

CARE home workers have been helping Chester-le-Street supermarket shoppers to raise funds for the Stroke Association charity.

Pelton Grange Care Home collected almost £200 in donations from generous shoppers after helping to pack their bags at the town’s Tesco store.

The money adds to the £55 raised at the home’s coffee morning for the Stroke Association in May – taking the home’s total to £251 forStroke Association the charity so far this year.

Chris Hogan-Hind, home manager at Pelton Grange Care Home, on Front Street, Pelton, was one of those on the Tesco checkouts. 

He said:

Colourful care home staff help at charity Colour Run

Colour Run

MULTICOLOURED wigs and fluorescent garlands greeted runners taking part in an Alice House Hospice Colour Run fundraiser in Seaton Carew.

The annual Colour Run saw hundreds of participants completing the 5km course along the sea front in Hill Care Group sponsored t-shirts.

Staff from two of the group’s homes were dressed in colourful accessories for the occasion – as they lent support on the water station, t-shirt and merchandise stalls.

Hill Care’s Queens Meadow Care Home, in Hartlepool, and Bannatyne Lodge Care Home, in Peterlee, were both represented at the event.

Alice House Hospice cares for those with life limiting illnesses and their loved ones in Hartlepool and East Durham.

Charitable teens transform care home garden

NCS spent a week at Thornhill Care Home

Members of the Huddersfield Giants Community Trust National Citizenship Service (NCS) spent a week at Thornhill Care Home to carry out the work.

They created plant pot borders around the home’s garden, installed solar lighting and laid artificial turf.

The 15-to-17-year-olds held fundraising activities and appealed to local businesses for supplies.

They also received funding from Kirklees Council, after support from Councillor Sheikh Ullah, to purchase benches for the home’s residents.

Mayor Councillor Gwen Lowe, Deputy Mayoress Noreen Lowe During and Councillor Ullah attended the official unveiling of the garden at Thornhill Care Home, on Thornhill Road.

Students build furniture for elderly Bakewell residents

Burton Closes Hall Care Home

STUDENTS have been building garden furniture for elderly Bakewell residents, at Burton Closes Hall Care Home, as part of a school mentoring project.

The teenagers from Lady Manners School have been creating benches and planters for Burton Closes Hall Care Home with the help of experts from Wickes.

Employer mentors from the DIY supplier are working with the Year 8, 9 and 11 pupils as part of the school’s “Volunteer it Yourself” initiative.

This includes two sessions building team work and communication skills and a third putting their learning into practice to produce garden furniture.

Their creations have been collected by the care home and arranged in the grounds of the Grade II listed building on Haddon Road.

Street signs help dementia residents navigate their care home

Simonsfield Care Home residents (from left) Dorothy Duckers and Emma Adams showing the new street signs that are helping residents with dementia navigate the home.

A grant from Halton Borough Council’s Area Forum budget has helped Simonsfield Care Home install the signs around the building.

Staff are finding the residents can now recall which number and street name they live on, helping them to find their way around.

The names were suggested by staff and residents, with Ivy Street named after Ivy Shaw, a previous resident who was loved by all at the home.

Debbie Smith, home manager at Simonsfield Care Home, on Boston Avenue, said:

Care home car wash raises funds for Stroke Association

Broadacres Care Home

PURPLE stocks and a charity car wash helped a Rotherham care home, Broadacres Care Home, raise funds for the Stroke Association.

Broadacres Care Home, on Naylor Street, collected £109 from dozens of customers wanting to get their car cleaned.

While waiting, they were invited to throw a wet sponge at senior carer Scott Needham, who was locked into the Stroke Association stocks.

The event raised £109 for the charity, which will go towards supporting stroke survivors and funding research.

Tees Barrage sponsored walk for care homes

Mandale House

Mandale House Care Home, in Thornaby, and Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, both walked over 3 miles for their chosen causes.

Mandale House raised £125 for their residents’ fund and Ingleby collected £124 for the Stroke Association.

Setting off from Acklam Road, the group from Mandale House walked via Teesside Park to the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre, where they stopped for a well-earned cuppa.

After learning about the history of Tees Barrage and watching the wildlife, they continued across the Infinity Bridge, past Stockton Riverside College and back to the home.

Resident Jean Whenray said: “It was a wonderful afternoon and the scenery was beautiful.”

Hill Care MD shortlisted for Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business Award

Business Awards

CARE home boss Wendy Waddicor has been shortlisted for the Barclays Yorkshire Women in Business Awards 2018.

The managing director of the Hill Care Group joins other nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to business in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Wendy has been the head of Hill Care, which has its headquarters in Chesterfield and homes across the North, since 2006.

She has overseen the company’s growth from two homes to 38 with almost 2,000 beds, generating a turnover of over £50m, doubling in size in the last year alone.

She said: 

Elderly residents’ fitness and wellbeing boosted by dance aerobics

dance aerobics

A dance aerobics class has seen elderly Teesside residents making the most of the sunshine in their care home garden. Residents at Ingleby Care Home, in Ingleby Barwick, are benefitting from the fitness and wellbeing sessions following a Lottery grant last year.

They are being run by Billingham-based social enterprise Nouveau Wellbeing, who won the grant to engage with more than 600 people over the age of 60. The firm’s specialist practitioners have been visiting the care home to put the residents through their paces. 

Emma Bryan, a member of the dance aerobics Nouveau Tees Valley Team, decided to run the latest session in the care home garden to take advantage of the spell of good weather.

Hundreds raised for Stroke Association by care home workers

Stroke Association

CARE home workers held a supermarket collection for the Stroke Association – raising hundreds of pounds for the charity.

Staff from The Oaks Care Home, in Blyth, Northumberland, spent two days in the town’s Morrisons store with collection buckets.

They raised £442 before running a raffle and taking collections at the care home to bump the total up to £542.

Residents’ family members, staff and friends of the home all donated prizes for the raffle and put hands in pockets to donate an extra £100.

Paige Gallagher, activities coordinator at The Oaks Care Home, on Durban Street, said: 

“We just wanted to do our bit to help the Stroke Association as they do brilliant work.”

Ann Mielnik, home manager, added:

Surprise party marks care home manager’s 25 years

Laurels

Louise Spooner has worked at The Laurels Care Home, on Manchester Road, Sheffield, since 1993.

The home was originally opened in 1987 and bought by the Hill Care Group in 2008, one of the company’s 38 homes across the north of England.

Owner John Hill attended the surprise party to congratulate Louise personally and present a gift from everyone at the company.

Directors, regional managers, nurses and care assistants were also among those at the surprise party

Louise said: 

Newborn lambs brighten elderly residents’ day

Queens Meadow

LEAPING lambs brought smiles to the faces of elderly visitors, from Queens Meadow Care Home, during a trip to Saltholme Nature Reserve.

The reserve’s newest arrivals have been drawing in the crowds, including residents from care homes in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees.

Queens Meadow Care Home and Ingleby Care Home, both operated by the Hill Care Group, took their residents on a day-trip to the popular tourist attraction.

They were delighted to see the newborn lambs, some as young as three days, during their visit. 

Although Lambing Live took place between 30th March and 15th April this year, some of the reserve’s sheep are still giving birth in the lambing shed.