28 Nov 16

Hunters Down attends RAF Wyton’s Christmas Lunch

On Wednesday 23rd November, 8 residents from Hunters Down were invited to RAF Wyton’s Christmas Lunch.

Leaving Hunters Down, Huntingdon at 11.30 am residents were smartly dressed and getting into the Christmas cheer.

On arrival, the residents were welcomed by the RAF Wyton Brass Band playing Christmas tunes. Once everybody had arrived and was seated, the residents were served a traditional Christmas dinner with red and white whine. While eating, many of the RAF staff sang Christmas songs to their audience.

Following lunch, Children from the local school came and sang Christmas songs. Then coffee and mince pies made the rounds. A free raffle followed where 4 of the residents won a cuddly toy, mulled wine, bath set and some talc.

A DJ then played a variety of music where everybody joined in with singing and dancing, finishing off with some bingo games.

Transported arrived at 4pm, when the residents went back home feeling full, merry and ‘christmasy’.

28 Nov 16

Windmill take part in The Challenge

In the UK, diversity is increasing with the proportion of the population aged under 18 or over 60 is expected to grow rapidly, increasing the average distance in age between citizens. This makes it critical that people come together to build stronger connections between one another and between communities. ‘The Challenge’ aims to achieve this.

The challenge is the UK’s leading charity for building a more integrated society. They work on a local level to bring together people from all ages, ethnicities and walks of life, connecting communities and building trust. Windmill had four visits from different groups of young people from the challenge over the past few months.

23 Nov 16

Aliwal Raises for Children in Need

Aliwal Manor in Whittlesey, Peterborough raised £35 with their staff wearing pyjamas for Children in Need.

21 Nov 16

Ivy celebrates 100 years with a family gathering

Care home resident more than happy on birthday

A woman born during the First World War celebrated her 100th birthday this week.

Mother-of-four Ivy Edmonston became a centenarian on Monday and family joined her at Ashlyn Care Centre, Vicarage Wood, Harlow, to wish her many happy returns.

Her daughter Pauline Varcoe, 77 said: “She was quite pleased to turn 100.

“We were teasing her about it in the weeks leading up.

“We were saying ‘you’re going to be 99’, but she said, ‘no I am going to be 100’.

“She was pleased to reach it.”

Mrs Edmonston is the oldest of four children and had three brothers, all of whom have now sadly passed away.

She spent much of her early life in North London and worked for Walthamstow company JB’s as a furniture polisher.

This was where she met her second husband John and the pair got married in 1950 and move to Harlow on Christamas Eve in 1956, when the town was in its infancy.

Mrs Varcoe, of Northbrooks, Harlow is the oldest child. Mrs Edmonston has two sons George, 72 and Tony, 65, as well as second daughter Julie Rigarlasord, 73.

Before she married John she raised the younger three children on her own for three years before the pair had Tony.

She also has five grandchildren Susan, Ray, Dawn, Andrew and Karen.

She also has six great grandchildren.

John, who passed away 21 years ago, was a soldier in the Second World War and was injured in battle.

Mrs Varcoe said her secret to long life is down to her work ethic and healthy diet.

“She has always been a hard worked,” added Mrs Varcoe.

“She eats very well and she would always go to the town all her life.

“She had a friend and they used to go away on holiday together.”

She added: “She is brilliant and would do anything for anyone.”

Ashlyn Care Centre has been Mrs Edmonston’s home for the past two years but she previously lived in Little Grove Field, The Stow and Northbrooks, Harlow.

In Harlow she worked for several years for the Dorstel Press, working in the print department.

Her 100th birthday saw her receive a card from the Queen while some of her family members came to visit on Friday.

Harlow Council chairman Edna Stevens also attended to express her best wishes.

On Sunday she was taken out to Canons Brook Golf Club, Elizabeth Way, Harlow for another knees up.

Mrs Varcoe continued: “She loved every minute of it and it was a brilliant day.

“I would like to thank Ashlyn staff for all the care they give to mum.”

Ashlyn offers accommodation for 60 people and can offer dementia care for 27 of those.

14 Nov 16

Brook House Honours Remembrance Day

This year Brook House in Cambridge embarked on a project in honour of Remembrance Day where every resident plus relatives and friends were encouraged to paint ‘a poppy with pride’ on a pebble or stone.

The stones were then placed in the entrance way to the home and made a tribute to honour all service men, women and others who dedicate or who have dedicated their lives to the service of our country.

On Friday 11th September, Brook House received a visit from the local nursery who were invited to paint a poppy and place their pebbles alongside our residents’. Everyone joined in for the two minutes silence.

8 Nov 16

Charity donates specialist medical devices to CPFT patients

Patients are set to benefit from specialist medical devices worth more than £10,000 which have been donated to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust.

Fundraisers No Gain No Pain UK have handed over seven syringe drivers which will be used by CPFT’s community nurses to help patients receiving end-of-life care living in Whittlesey, Eye, Stanground, and Thorney and one syringe driver for the Wansford area.

The charity has also presented the Trust with more than 70 hand-made cloth bags which patients can use to carry the syringe drivers which cost more than £1,300 each.

The presentation took place at the Aliwal Manor Care Centre in Whittlesey. Many of the people at the care home receive help and support from CPFT’s community nurses.

Syringe drivers are small portable machines which are used by patients who are receiving care in their own homes. The machines, which can operate up to 24 hours-a-day, inject medicines into patients if they find swallowing tablets difficult or if they need medication while they are sleeping.

Eileen Nixon, team area manager for CPFT, which provides community health and mental health services, said: “We are very thankful for the latest donation from No Gain No Pain UK. Syringe drivers are really important to patients and to have extra ones available to our nurses is really welcome. This wonderful donation will benefit many patients in the community.”

Earlier this year, No Gain No Pain UK donated four syringe drivers to CPFT. The organisation is run by Louise Nicholls, her husband Lee, and their friend, Samantha Carter, who began raising money to buy syringe drivers in 2015 following the death of Louise’s father, David Jarrett, from cancer.

Louise said: “My dad was a businessman in Whittlesey who was fit and strong. He was always very active. But in the last few days of his life, he had difficulty getting a syringe driver immediately. He had to wait 24 hours, which may not seem long, but when someone you love is in pain, one minute is 60 seconds too long. So after his death we knew we wanted to do something to help others in a similar position.”

No Gain No Pain UK are planning more fundraising activities. For more information visit the website: http://ngnpuk.weebly.com or via the organisation’s Facebook page.

8 Nov 16

102 reasons to smile

It was a very happy birthday and many happy returns to 102-year-old Margaret Kruschina on Sunday.

Margaret is a resident of the Aliwal Manor Care Centre in Whittlesey, and on Sunday she was joined by daughter Naomi Phillips and granddaughter Elizabeth Phillips to celebrate the special occasion.

4 Nov 16

Royal greeting to centenarian

Ivy celebrates 100th with card from Queen

A proud centenarian from Dovercourt was delighted to receive a card from the Queen on her landmark birthday.

Ivy Greenhalgh, of Lime Court residential home, in Lime Avenue, celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by her close family.

Ivy was born on October 25, 1916, and has lived in Dovercourt all her life.

She was educated at Bathside School and Main Road School, and worked at Smiths Greengrocers, in High Stree, Dovercourt up until the time she married.

Ivy married her husband Bill, who worked at the Dovercourt Yeast Factory, in 1935 and the pair made their home in King George’s Avenue, Dovercourt.

The couple had one daughter, Gill, who lives in Bristol and visits regularly with her husband Mick.

The sprightly pensioner has many hobbies including knitting, embroidery, sewing and cooking.

Sarah Meachen, activities co-ordinator at Lime Court residential home, said Ivy was always “joking and smiling.”

“She was particularly proud to receive her card from the Queen,” she added.

Ivy said: “I had a lovely day. I had family visit all the way from Denmarl and it was lovely to see so many.

“I don’t have any secrets to a long life.

“But I know I have enjoyed my life very much.”

25 Oct 16

Excelcare with Unilever Chef of the Year

The head chef Anthony Tilley from Castlemead has been named the winner of Excelcare Chef of the Year 2016.
With 2nd place going to Drew Quy, Chef of The Willows Care Centre.

Both Anthony and Drew work within the Milton Keynes Region of Excelcare and took part in the challenge at Unilever’s Headquarters in Surrey along with contestants from 2 other Homes in the group. The finalists included Daniel Stevens from Ashlyn care centre and Orica Mkandawire from Castlebar.

Anthony, along with his fellow competitors, were tasked with producing a 2 course meal, in 90 minutes, suitable for residents in a care home. They were all presented with a mystery box of ingredients on the day and had little time to devise their menu. All participants were judged by Angela Bruce Sandwith and Martin Allen from Excel Careholdings along with the Executive Head Chef from Unilever.

The judges based their decisions on originality, presentation, flavour and safe working practices.

Anthony’s winning menu consisted of Chicken Ballantine with Spaghetti Vegetables and Creamy Mashed Potatoes. Served with a Cheesy Sauce. Dessert was Caramelised Eves Pudding accompanied with a Rich Toffee Sauce.

Anthony was presented with a Mini iPad whilst the other contestants received Hampers, courtesy of Unilever.

18 Oct 16

Brook House takes part in Operation Christmas Child

This year, Brook House, with the help of residents, relatives and staff worked alongside the Samaritans Purse to be involved with Operation Christmas Child.

Operation Christmas Child’s aim is that every child worldwide receives a shoebox filled with Christmas presents and unconditional love, based on need, regardless of their background and religion.

Brook House packed 8 boxes in total and there really are some special gifts inside.