18 Dec 14

Hunters Down’s Auction of Promise

Hunters Down in Huntingdon, Cambridge recently held a very successful Auction of Promise, with all of the raised funds going into the residents’ comfort fun, so additional outings and activities can take place.

With a glass of punch to hand, residents, family, friends and staff were able to bid on:
• Homemade cakes
• Carers forming a group to sing to the residents
• Facial makeover
• Activity Coordinator 1-to-1 with a resident for 4 hours
• Bottle of Bollinger Champagne
• 2 hours donated time to work as a Carer
• Homemade Christmas Wreath

Peter, a son-in-law of a resident and Richard, the Activities Coordinator’s husband, teamed up to volunteer to organise the proceedings. Despite only meeting that day, the double act made the audience laugh and the afternoon most enjoyable. But not only that, they ensured the audience were encouraged to dig deep into their pockets, only hammering down the gavel with the very best possible bids, raising a total of £650.

Everybody enjoyed the afternoon and the auction fundraising activity will be revisited again at some stage. Peter and Richard have already announced they will accept bookings for 2015!

16 Dec 14

Head Office Christmas Decoration Competition 2014

It was very hard to judge, as all departments made a huge effort, especially Aimee the singing Christmas Tree and Charlotte dressed as Miss Santa!


1st Prize

Stephen Bradbury Architects


1st Prize

Payroll Department

2nd Prize

IT Department

3rd Prize (joint with 3 departments)

Quality & Compliance, HR, Income & Purchasing Department

Last and no prize (and their forfeit is to buy all of Head Office Christmas Doughnuts)

1st floor Senior Management and 2nd floor Guildmore

Well done to you all and Merry Christmas

Regards Ozzie

24 Nov 14

200 Days Pressure Ulcer Free

On Friday 15th November, staff from Limetree and Windmill were presented with certificates celebrating over 200 days free of pressure ulcers across the homes.

The presentation took place during Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s weekly Friday clinical meeting, with the ward managers nurses and clinical nurses updating the chief nurse on all clinical staff, ward by ward and department by department. The auditorium even had a live satellite to allow the two hospitals to meet.

The challenge as set by the Clinical Commisioning Group (CCG) back in June, allows the homes to demonstrate the excellence of their care. This achievement is made all the more impressive given the homes have over 90 residents, with many receiving end of life care.

24 Nov 14

Air Raid Heroine Dorothy Clocks Up 100 Years

Dorothy Chapman celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family.

Four generations of Dorothy’s family marked the occasion with a party at Goldenly Care Home in Richmond Avenue, Benfleet.

Castle Point mayor Jackie Govier presented the great-grandmother with a telegramme from the Queen and 100 balloons were released.

Dorothy’s son Paul, 68 said: “It was a brilliant day and with all the grandchildren and great-grandchildren it was crowded.”

Born November 7, 1914, in Halifax, Dorothy moved to East London after marrying her husband Percy in 1939.

The couple moved to Devon and have two children, five grandhildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Percy died in 1988 and Dorothy moved to Benfleet in 2001. During the Second World War, Dorothy took over Percy’s insurance business and was known to be out during air raids collecting payments.

Paul said: “She took over dad’s business and would be collecting money with a tin hat during the air raids in West Ham.

“She is a kind person, is vert lotal and has lived a very happy life. She is an amazing person.

“The staff at Goldenley have been absolute gems and I cant thank them enough.”

24 Nov 14

Centenary Celebrations

A Whittlesey woman celebrated her 100th birthday last week surrounded by her family.

A party was held for Margaret Kruschina at her residential home of Aliwal Manor, Turners Lane, Whittlesey on Thursday October 30

She was with son Colin Ivermee, son-in-law Paul Phillips, granddaighter Naomi Phillips, good frien Shelly Ruggles, daughter Elizabeth Phillips and niece Janet Kingsley.

Elizabeth (68) said: “There were lots of cake, flowers, cards and balloons. We toasted her with sparkling wine and sherry.

She had a lovely time and really enjoyed it and had a sherry.

“She’s doing very well and has an active mind.”

Margaret moved to Whittlesey in 1970 to be closer to her daughter. She likes to do oil paintings including some of other people’s pets.

24 Oct 14

Sydenham community celebrates Black History Month

The Sydenham community celebrated Black History Month with an African-Caribbean feast and reggae music on Wednesday (October 22).

Staff and residents at the Pear Tree Care Centre on Sydenham Road decorated their nursing home with flags from different nations and dressed up in bright African clothing.

An ambassador for Jamaican heroine Mary Seacole, who nursed sick and wounded British troops in the Crimean War, also hosted a talk with residents.

The care centre’s activity co-ordinator Marva Wilson organises the Black History Month celebration every year as well as parties for St George’s Day in April and St Patrick’s Day in March.

She said: “We want our residents to be part of everything that is going on here because this is their home. We have got a real multicultural mix of residents here and we just want to make them happy.

“In honour of this year’s theme, which celebrates the men and women who have made a positive contribution to black history, staff have covered the walls with photos of prominent black people.”

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15 Oct 14

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7 Oct 14

Ablyss’ Excelcare Case Study

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2 Oct 14

Trio shine with marathon

A charity-minded care home trio helped shine a light on cancer when they took part in a night-time marathon on Saturday.

Three friends and colleagues from Glennfield Care Centre in Wisbech lit up London by taking part in the city’s 26.2 mile Shine Night Walk.

And now, Wendy Lincoln, 51, Amanda Scott, 48 amd Jude Reeve, 55, are celebrating as their fundraising effort looks set to have netted more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

The determined trio, who all live in Wisbech, joined around 17,000 other walkers when the charity’s annual marathon walk kick-started on Saturday night.

They started at 10.30pm and crossed the finish line together around 10 hours later.

Miss Scott, the care home’s activities co-ordinator, said: “It was wonderful, we had so many laughs and met so many people, with everyone encouraging each other along.

“Residents even came out of their homes with tea and cakes and to cheer us on in the middle of the night, which made all the difference.”

The walk took in many of London’s favourite tourist hotspots, such as Big Ben, London Bridge, Westminster and Buckingham Palace. They also saw the memorial to the women of the First World War and the Cenotaph at Whitehall.

Miss Scott said: “The atmosphere was great and it was good to see London like that. Normally when you visit London is so busy, but it was so quiet.”

Miss Scott and Mrs Lincoln, the care home administrator, decided to do the walk after speaking to a friend who did it last year. They signed up at the end of July, and persuaded care home manager Mrs Reeve to join them.

“We’d definitely do it again” said Miss Scott.

Anyone wanting to sponsor the trio can visit Glennfield Care Centre in Moneybank, Wisbech.

2 Oct 14

Former RAF pharmacist celebrates 100th birthday with special trip

A retired pharmacist and former RAF serviceman from Cambridge celebrated his 100th birthday with a celebratory trip to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) at Duxford yesterday.

George Cunningham, who resides at Primrose Croft Care Home, Chesterton, rang in the landmark birthday with a visit to the attraction, followed by cake and a party at the home.

Accompanied by his wife Mary, 86, daughters Jane and Anne, and carers from the home, George was taken

on a day trip to the IWM by Panther Taxis, who agreed to take them for free.

Daughter Jane Daniels, 64, said: “Dad has had dementia for the past few years, but he seems to know me still and my mum visits him twice a week.

“He served as a pharmacist in the RAF so it seemed like a nice idea to take him down to Duxford for his birthday.”

Born in Hampshire and raised in Aldborough, Yorkshire, George was apprenticed as a chemist after leaving school, and continued to attend night school classes in order to become a fully-qualified pharmacist.

After passing his exams, he began working at the Boots pharmacy in his hometown until he was called up to serve in the Second World War.

Still working as a pharmacist, George travelled with the RAF from Bournemouth to Iceland, before ending the war in Ely where he met his future-wife Mary.

The couple married in 1947, after which they moved to Bedford where George worked at Boots again while Mary raised their daughters Jane and Anne, now 59.

In 1964, the family moved to Willow Crescent, Milton, after George was transferred to the Boots branch in Chesterton Road, where he worked until his retirement at 60.

He later became a grandfather to Matthew, 30, Timothy, 29, Jenny, 28, and 25-year-old Alice, though only Jenny still lives in the country and was the only grandchild able to attend the celebrations.

Jane said: “Dad has always been a very sociable person. He loves sport, especially football and carpet bowls, which he took up after he retired.

“He absolutely loved gardening, going out for meals and going on cruises. Even when he was in his 90s, he went to visit my sister when she lived in America.”

She added: “The staff at Primrose Croft have been wonderful. I think dad believes he’s still living at home – he sometimes calls the carers Mary – but that’s good because I think it means he’s happy.”

Read more at http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/RAF-pharmacist-celebrates-100th-birthday-special/story-23005673-detail/story.html#YY3Vj2vmtStmhYVM.99