Relative runs Great North Run in aid of Northlea Court
Dean Grey’s mother-in-law, Maud recently moved into Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington from her home town of Barnsley.
Recently Dean ran the 2017 Great North Run in aid of the Northlea Court Residents Fund in his own words this is what motivated him to do it:
"Maud lived in her own flat until recently. Unfortunately Maud suffers from Alzheimer’s and the progression of the disease meant that she was becoming increasingly confused. Her sister was finding it more and more difficult to help and Maud was taken into emergency care whilst my wife and I were away on holiday. It was obvious on our return that Maud wouldn't be able to return to her old flat in Barnsley and she came to stay with us. However, she kept leaving the house and getting lost. Consequently, we were unable to leave her on her own. As we both work, a solution had to be found and we were very fortunate in securing a place for Maud at Northlea Court.
“Although it is fair to say that we were all initially apprehensive she has now been here for a while and is gradually settling into her new home and making friends.
“I cannot speak highly enough of the care Maud has received since she was moved to Northlea and the support and advice the staff at the home have given my wife and I at a very difficult time. The professionalism of all the care workers and nurses is first rate and their efforts to make Northlea Court a comfortable, stimulating and safe home for all the residents are exemplary. I am also impressed that every time I have visited (nearly every day since Maud arrived) I have always been met by a ready and genuine smile. It is comforting to know that your relative is in a place where they will be well cared for and their physical and mental needs monitored and looked after."
Dean's time for the run was 2hrs 33 mins!
Well done Dean for your amazing achievement and thank you for the money you raised for Northlea Court.
18 Dec 2017
Residents and the care team at Murdoch House Care Home in Wokingham had a lovely Christmas treat as some local school children from St Teresa’s School Choir came carol singing.
Christine Tyrrell, Home Manager, said: “The residents really enjoyed listening to the carols. Some even got up and sang along with the children, especially when Jingle Bells and Silent Night were sung. The spirit of Christmas has definitely arrived at Murdoch House.”
18 Dec 2017
Residents, relatives and the care team from Campsie View Care Home in Glasgow got into the Christmas spirit last week as they celebrated Christmas Jumper Day.
Everyone did their best to wear the most novelty jumper possible, and the results (as you can see by the picture) are quite outstanding.
Katy Jenks, Home Manager, said: “We all thought we’d wear our best novelty jumper to raise some money to provide special experiences for the residents in our care. We all had lots of fun and I want to thank everyone who donated.”
17 Dec 2017
Residents, relatives, the care team and local community have all been helping get Riverside View Care Home in Darlington in the festive spirit.
Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “Firstly we want to thank the local Co-Op who raised a lovely £180 for our resident’s fund. This will go towards our Christmas entertainment. On behalf of everyone in the home I want to thank Co-Op for their kind donation.”
Christmas has definitely hit the home, as they all got ready for their Christmas raffle. Complete with their very own naughty elf.
Claire added: “I want to thank everyone who donated to our raffle. The monies raised will go towards providing special experiences for our residents over the festive period. Merry Christmas from everyone at Riverside View.”
16 Dec 2017
The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.
It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.
Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.
May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.
Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.
The headline acts included:
- Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
- Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
- Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
- Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
- Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
- Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
- Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ
Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”