17 Jul 15

We are footy mad!

Football Match 16th July 2015 at Wisbech

A group of locals who usually play football in support of Macmillan Cancer to raise funds, got together with Peterborough United Football Fans at Gorefield Football Ground to raise money for Glennfield Care Centre in Memory of Local Footie Hero Chrissy Turner. Chrissy is part of Football legend in this part of the world and local people wanted to celebrate his life and thank Glennfield at the same time for looking after him so well until his death earlier this year.

The evening kicked off with both teams, Lynn, Chrissy’s wife and staff from Glennfield giving a minutes round of applause in memory of Chrissy in the middle of the pitch. It was a hard fought, competitive match which resulted in a 3-1 win for POSH fans and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the game.

Glennfield had several stalls beside the pitch with tombola, sweets and water and wine and everyone who attended dug deep into their pockets to help the fundraising. Between the players, stalls and donations a grand total of £546 was made. This was the icing on the cake for what had been a fabulous family evening and even the sun shone through which could have been Chrissy’s influence ‘upstairs’ as nobody could say no to something he requested in this life so it probably hasn’t changed in the next life!

Such a fabulous night was had Lynn wants to make it an annual event and will provide a Trophy and medals for the players.

Jude from Glennfield wanted to thank everyone for all their efforts and time to make this a real success, special thanks to Justin Cross for organising the event and his wife Kerry, who works at the home, she squeezed every last penny she could out of everyone who was there – she even took Euros if that’s all they had! Huge thanks to Lynn who continues to be a big part of the Glennfield family and who is going to be an Ambassador for the home later in the year. Glennfield and Chrissy have a lot in common we are the best and as the fans at Posh chanted “There’s only one Chrissy Turner” we believe “there is only One Glennfield Care Centre”.

17 Jul 15

£17,300 raised for Ruby

WOW! How proud are we feeling at Excelcare?! We have managed to raise a grand total of £17,300.00 for Ruby’s Fundraising!!

Plus we have received amazing news that the ‘Ruby Young Campaign’ has achieved the Half Million Pounds needed for Ruby’s treatment against Cancer!! Our fundraising challenge was set about by our CEO.

Ozzie heard about the treatment little Ruby needed and he wanted to help ‘Ruby – to have a tomorrow’

Tonight Ozzie feels very proud knowing that everyone at Excelcare pulled together to raise a whooping £17,300 for a special little 3 year old girl; along with donations of gifts and vouchers for Ruby and her family!

Ozzie sends his love to Ruby and her family and hopes to meet Ruby when she is feeling a little stronger! Stay strong Ruby, everyone at Excelcare is praying for you!

10 Jul 15

A big thank you to everyone

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Aliwal Manor Fun Day, on Saturday May 16th.

We are delighted to announce that we raised a whopping £1,732 for our residents’ comfort fund.

The most we have raised so far! We couldn’t do it without you!

7 Jul 15

Aliwal’s Top Marks for Food Hygiene

Aliwal Manor in Whittlesey joined 44 other catering businesses to celebrate their success in maintaining top marks for food hygiene.

They have all been given the highest rating possible under the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme (FHRS) every year since the scheme was adopted by Fenland District Council in 2011. Assessments are carried out by the council’s environmental health officers during unannounced inspections. There are six levels of rating from 0 (urgent improvement necessary) to 5 (very good).

Each of the 45 businesses was presented with a “Fenland’s High 5s” certificate at an event in Fenland Hall in March.

Councillor Will Sutton said: “Your success is down to hard work and commitment to ensuring high standards are maintained.”

6 Jul 15

Windmill’s Open Day

Friday 19th June was National Care Home Open Day, and Windmill Lodge in Brixton, London opened its doors to the public.

Windmill laid out a fun-filled BBQ in the beautiful sensory garden, as well as an arts and craft session. The arts and craft session had local primary school children joining those living in Windmill Lodge to share their artistic talent.

2 Jul 15

Hunters Down’s Open Day

Hunters Down participated in the National Care Home Open Day on Saturday 19th June.

Residents and guest enjoyed listening to some poetry recited by Sue Rodwell-Smith who volunteers to come in and paint some of the residents nails on a Friday afternoon.

The Huntingdon Rotary Club came and involved everyone in a singalong accompanied by their Rotary Band and singers.

Tea/Coffee and Cake was enjoyed which was served out by Alyce and Karen from Tesco Community Champion.

The Mayor was a guest and he kindly joined in with our paper flower making. Hunters Down is entering into a NAPA competition called the Fine Dining Experience. One of the elements is to try and involve as many people in our community as possible. Heather Wallace, Team Leader for Kings Unit manned the table and enticed all of the guests to make a flower for the decorations for our competition.

Photo competition result was announced by Mike Fuller a former relative of Hunters Down. Kathryn Mcginnity daughter of one of Hunters Down residents who won had taken a picture of her grandchildren. Kathryn’s prize was donated by Gaskin Photography a free 2 hour portrait sitting with 4 free 10 x 11 prints.

Then the raffle was drawn which made £189 which goes in the residents comfort fund.

The weather was a bit chilly but all residents were wrapped up warm and still enjoyed the occasion.

2 Jul 15

It’s open house at care home

Youngsters entertained residents at a Wisbech care home as part of an open day.

Glennfield Care Centre welcomed 30 people to its site in Money Bank.

Staff and residents were supporting National Care Home Open Day.

Youngsters from a Wisbech nursery came in to entertain the residents; pus there was a host of other activities.

Residents also enjoyed playing musical instruments along with eating cake.

Manager of the home Jude Reeve hoped the event showed a different side to care homes.

She said: “It was a really lovely day with a wonderful atmosphere and shows the outside world that care homes are not all doom and gloom, but are fun

“The highlight was the children coming in to sing. Everyone always loves it when the children come in.”

The 84-bed site was built in 2008. The youngest resident is 46 and the oldest is over 100. Glennfield, offers care for patients with a range of problems, including dementia.

2 Jul 15

Lime Court Shares Open Day Experiences

Congratulations to all the care homes in Essex who opened wide their doors last Friday 19th June to celebrate national care home open day

Lime Court Care Centre in Dovercourt was kind enough to share their experience of the occasion.

Residents, their families and visitors to the home started the day with a hot beverage and yummy homemade cake. Everyone then enjoyed a Hi-De-Hi inspired summertime themed BBQ and light refreshments of delicious fruit mocktails.

To carry on the holiday camp feel a Knobbly Knees and Glamorous Granny competition was held for the residents to take part in. Congratulations to Lionel ‘Tink’ Palmer who won the Knobbly Knees and Maisie Springall who won the Glamorous Granny!

Pianist Frank Coulter then took to the stage and entertained the crowd playing songs for everyone to singalong to.

Sarah Meachen, Activities Co-ordinator said “it was a fun packed day for the residents, we all had a great time and there was a good deal of visitors to the home”.

This article can be viewed at http://www.mhlec.org/news/2015/06/24/lime-court-care-centre-open-day and http://www.fansnetwork.org/lime-court-open-day/

1 Jul 15

Limetree & Windmill exceed CCG target

Back in June 2014, the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), set a challenge to the care homes in Lambeth and Southwark to reach 100 days without any pressure ulcers developing in the homes.

Limetree and Windmill, both in London with 92 and 93 residents respectively have now long surpassed the initial target, with both exceeding over 500 pressure ulcer free days. The above photograph and presentation was taken to celebrate 365 pressure ulcer free days.

15 Jun 15

Care Home Open Day

For the third year in a row, care homes across the UK will be taking part in Care Home Open Day on the 19th June 2015. Care Home Open Day is a UK wide initiative inviting care homes to open their doors to their local communities.

Thousands of care homes across the UK take part each year, welcoming the public and arranging events and activities that help to create lasting links between care home residents and their local communities.

This is all about showing people what excellent care homes are really about and how they can be at the center of local communities, developing relationships across the generations.

The Excelcare homes participating in this day are;


Brook ( link )
Hunters Down ( link | poster )
Rheola ( link )
St. Georges


Goldenley ( poster )
Lime Court ( poster )
Sherrell ( link | poster )
St Fillans ( link )
Stanley Wilson
Sweyne ( link )
Winifred Dell


Castlebar ( link )
Limetree ( link )
Park Avenue ( link | poster )
Peartree ( link )
Queens Oak ( link | poster )
Westport ( link | poster )
Windmill ( link | poster )

Milton Keynes

The Willows