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Dec 5th, 2013 - Senior Citizens Receive Help from Four Seasons' Health Care Fund

Barrington Bites luncheon club in St John's Chapel received a donation of £600 from Four Seasons Health Care, who has held a long standing fund with County Durham Community Foundation.

Barrington Bites is a luncheon club that provides a warm gathering place for older people in the St. John's Chapel area. Attendees have a nice place to meet and interact with each other over a warm meal, promoting health and wellbeing as well as social interaction. The luncheon club is a vital part of helping people to maintain their independence.

Diana Sutcliffe, Chair of Barrington Bites, said:

"The County Durham Community Foundation and Four Seasons Health Care have helped us continue to provide a meeting place where older people can both socialise and have a nice, warm meal. As one of society’s more vulnerable groups, it is important that senior citizens are not isolated."

The club is attended by people aged between 65 and 90. It is a weekly club that costs £3.00, which covers a two course meal and a cup of tea. The meals are cooked at a County Council residential home in Stanhope, which are then brought to Barrington Hall, a fully accessible community facility.

The donor, Four Seasons Health Care, is an organisation which provides care homes throughout the UK. They have a fund with County Durham Community Foundation which supports activities and outings for elderly people near Four Seasons Health Care Homes in County Durham and Darlington. They recently sent a representative to Barrington Hall to witness first-hand how their funding had helped.

Suzanne Roberts, Head of Business Development at Four Seasons Health Care, said:

"Four Seasons Health Care is glad to be working alongside County Durham Community Foundation in order to provide a social environment for older people. It is important to their welfare and health that they aren't isolated and Barrington Bites is doing a fantastic job of providing a place where senior citizens can go ad enjoy a warm meal and socialise."

County Durham Community Foundation encourages any organisation who wishes to make a difference to the community like Four Seasons Health Care, to get in touch. You can phone 0191 3786340 or go online to There are also County Durham Community Foundation Facebook and Twitter pages which are regularly checked.

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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.”

Are you looking for a care home in Darlington? Riverside View Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


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!”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge Care Home offers support for dementia care, nursing care and respite care.


16 Dec 2017

The Rookery Care Home has been fundraising to get some new activity equipment to provide special experiences for those in their care.

Susan Dyke, a member of the team made a big sacrifice and as a result raised over £400 for the cause.

Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, said: “Sue decided she’s cut her hair off for the cause. She used to have hair that would rival Rapunzel and had never been to a hairdresser, so to have it cut off into a pixie style was a big deal for her. On behalf of everyone at The Rookery I want to say thank you!”

Are you looking for a care home in Ebbw Vale? The Rookery Care Home offers support for dementia care.


15 Dec 2017

The team at The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Mansfield celebrated a huge 120 years’ worth of experience last week, as 5 team members received long service awards.

Karen Gilbert, Home Manager presented the7 team members with their Long Service Certificates and gifts as a thank you for their continued dedication and hard work.

Karen said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in the Sycamore and Poplars by the rest of the team, the residents and their relatives.”

Are you looking for a care home in Mansfield? The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

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