8 Sep 15

NAPA Fine Dining Experience Results

The National Activity Providers Association (NAPA) had 300 entries for their yearly Fine Dining Experience competition, as mention on this website on the 22nd July (http://www.excelcareholdings.com/hunters-downs-fine-dining-experience/)

Hunters Down in Huntingdon, Cambridge entered into all 6 of the elements and although they did not come first, the home was shortlisted for 4 of the 6 elements.

This is a great achievement and Hunters Down would like to thank everybody that was involved.

The four elements that yjeu were shortlisted in were;

1. Grow your own for the Fine Dining Experience

2. Setting the scene

3. The Chefs Masterpiece (our chef was shortlisted and has been invited to attend a master class with Mark Sargeant, Restaurant Owner and Knorr Ambassador and, Unilever Business Development Chef Paul Wright at Unilever Food Solutions Head Office in Leatherhead, Surrey on the 29th October 2015.)

4. The whole home approach

7 Sep 15

Ladybird Boat Trust Trip

On Friday 28th August residents, family members and staff from Hunters Down enjoyed a cruise on the River Ouse. Four blissfully relaxing hours taking in the tranquillity, views, nature and the sunshine. Firstly cruising down towards St Ives and then back towards Godmanchester returning back to the Hartford Marina. A picnic was enjoyed by all which was prepared by Hunters Down Chef. The residents thoroughly enjoyed their trip and hope to go again next year.

The Ladybird Boat Trust (LBT) was set up in 2013 to ensure that the services successfully developed by Waterwing, part of St John Ambulance, could continue to provide river boat trips to the disadvantaged in the community. With St John Ambulance deciding to focus on their core activities, the boat Ladybird has generously been made available to LBT so that the service can continue under independent Trust status.

It is crewed by volunteers who give up their time and skills to run around 100 trips each year.

7 Sep 15

Great news from Excelcare

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 frundraising 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 and when shes feeling a little stronger!

Stay strong Ruby, everyone at Excelcare is praying for you!

26 Aug 15

Dragging up the fun factor

The queen of visual comedy graced Benfleet’s Goldenley Care Home with her presence on Saturday, 15th August.

Residents were entertained by drag queen Bella Berserk at their summer fete, bringing along a host of famous tribute acts from Dolly Parton to Julie Andrews.

Along with her outrageous costumes and comical references she had residents and visitors laughing from start to finish.

Goldenley also had a variety of stalls including BBQ, cakes and side shows to be enjoyed throughout the afternoon.

7 Aug 15

Daisy Whiddett’s 100th Birthday Celebration BBQ & Party

above: Daisy receiving her telegram from the Queen.

Daisy’s 100th Birthday celebrations at Sweyne Court, BBQ & Party arranged by Family, Friends, Management & Staff.

6 Aug 15

Cambridge mum-of-two Jessie Holmes turns 100

Friends and relatives of centenarian Jessie Holmes came to St George’s Court Care Home on Cambridge’s Russell Street on Thursday, to mark the mother-of-two’s 100th birthday.

Born in Newmarket during the First World war, she moved to Cambridge as a teenager, where she has lived ever since.

She worked for much of her early life at the Chivers and Sons jam factory in Histon.

She left the firm to raise a family, and had two children with her husband Charles, a son and a daughter.

Her son Brian said: “It was a lovely day, there were many members of the family who came.

“She’s not able to get about so much now as she’s wheelchair-bound, and she was a bit overwhelmed to see so many people there.”

She was born as British, Australian and New Zealand troops waged their devastating campaign in Gallipoli, and King George V called for a solemn service at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark Britain’s entry into the ‘Great War’.

6 Aug 15

Cash helps Ruby’s cancer fight

Care homes in South London have helped raise cash to treat a three-year-old battling cancer.

Excelcare care homes, including those in Sydenham, Peckham and Lambeth, raised £17,300 for Ruby Young. It helped the appeal reach its half-million-pound target.

Ruby, from Rainham in Kent, suffers from neuroblastoma – an aggressive rare childhood cancer.

She is in stage four and needs expensive treatment in the US that she cannot get from the NHS.

The care homes raised the money through dress-down days, cake sales and raffles.

The chief executive of Excelcare Holdings, Osman Ertosun, decided to start fundraising for Ruby in the run-up to his birthday, telling everyone not to buy him a birthday card, but instead donate the money towards the fund. Everyone who attended Excelcare’s annual awards earlier this month contributed £5 towards the fundraising campaign.

Sam Manning, assistant chief executive at Excelcare, said “The staff donated gift vouchers and gifts to Ruby and her family to help with day-to-day living.

“It must be very hard for Ruby and devoting all their time to her, so we hoped the gift vouchers would come in handy.”

6 Aug 15

Aliwal Manor resident rakes part in Race for Life

Congratulations to Whittlesey’s Aliwal Manor Care Centre’s resident, Jean West, who successfully completed the Race for Life course on Wednesday July 8th at Ferry Meadows.

Jean, aged seventy-four, was accompanied by two of her carers, Kera Deane and Julia Allison, and managed to raise over £100 for her chosen charity, Cancer Research UK.

Well done Jean!

31 Jul 15

3 legged beat the goalie challenge!

Football mad Taylor Manning, aged 8 recently found out that his Grandfather is fighting Prostate Cancer and ever since, he has been nagging his mum for him to raise money for a charity that’s helps people with their fight against cancer.

Taylor is the son of Sam Manning, the Assistant Chief Executive at Excelcare, who always pull together as a team to fundraise to help others, with the most recent fundraising effort raising over £17,000 for a little girl called Ruby that has a rare form of cancer and needs treatment not available in the UK.

So Excelcare set Taylor and his little sister Bailey (aged 4) a challenge; to score as many goals as they can in 60 seconds. But, they had to do this together, with one leg each tied to the other’s leg, creating the ‘3 Legged Beat the Goalie Challenge!’, and who better to go in goal than their Grandad Ron Manning.

Excelcare agreed to donate £5 for every goal scored, raising a total of £95 for the 19 goals scored, which was rounded up to £100.

Taylor also carried out a 1-mile run in the lead up to the challenge, managing to raise a grand total of £419 + gift aid for Prostate Cancer UK.

More details can be found at https://www.justgiving.com/TaylorandBaileyManning

28 Jul 15

Kathleen ‘Kit’ Airey Celebrates 102nd Birthday

A former barmaid is celebrating after reaching her 102nd birthday.

Kathleen Airey, better known as Kit, shared a special birthday tea at Lime Court, in Dovercourt, to mark the occasion on Friday.

Mrs Airey was born in Manningtree in 1913 and spent many tears working at the Swan pub, in Mistley, which was owned by her uncle and in the family for more than 60 years.

It was there she met husband Peter when he was home on Army leave, and the couple married in 1937.

They then moved into The Park, Mistley, to have a family and after the war Mr Airey went on to work in Brantham. As well as working in the pub, Mrs Airey also spent some time working on an apple farm.

Mrs Airey said: “I put my longevity down to working hard throughout my life and eating well.

“There were so many flowers and cards on my birthday, it was like a florist’s, and I enjoyed the little party I had very much.”

She has one son, Derek, grandchildren and great grandchildren.