12 Mar 15

Sherrell To Raise Money For Dementia UK

A care home is set to take part in a national event to support Dementia UK.

Sherrell House Care Centre in Fencepeince Road, Chigwell, will hold the ‘Time for a Cuppa’ event on Friday (March 13) to help the charity raise money for admiral and specialist dementia nurses.

Last year’s event, which saw residents enjoy tea and cake with family, friends and locals, funded admiral nurse care for more than 1,000 more families.

Manager of Sherrell House Sue Anne Balcombe said: “My Time for a Cuppa event has not only been great fun to organise, but it will also give all attendees the opportunity to catch up over a cup of tea and raise awareness and funds for Dementia UK.

“With more funds, Dementia UK will be able to provide more Admiral Nurses who are a lifeline for many family carers.”

9 Mar 15

Poem For Sherrell House

On Thursday 5th March, a relative visited a loved one at Sherrell House, Chigwell and left a poem an anonymous relative had written about the home.

General Manager Sue Ann Balcombe commented: “It made me smile and cry at the same time, but it’s captured all we do at Sherrell House and it’s brilliantly written”.

The poem is written below:

I’ve come to live in Sherrell House
Because I’m getting old.
I’m glad it’s nice and warm in here
Because I feel the cold.

We are all well treated
And the staff are very kind.
Some of us have funny ways
But they do not seem to mind.

For those of us whose legs have gone
A hoist gives us a ride
And swings us to a wheelchair
If we need to go outside.

The food is very tasty
If we don’t throw it on the floor;
Of course, if that’s what happens
They don’t give us any more.

The other day a man turned up
With pets for us to see.
He took them round to show us
And placed a rabbit on my knee.

I stroked the lovely bunny
And gave him a gentle kiss,
But when the tarantula turned up
I just gave him a miss!

Another time a musician came
Persuading us to sing,
But just as we got going
The fire alarm joined in.

Our bedroom doors stay open
Just in case we fell:
And Dr. Pechan comes to see us
If we’re not feeling well.

He makes is all feel better –
Even if it’s just a cough.
We no longer plan for our escape:
We know when we’re well off!

9 Mar 15

Hunters Down celebrates 104th Birthday

A party was held at Hunters Down Care Home on Saturday 31st January to celebrate Harry Emery’s 104th birthday.

His room was beautifully decorated by the staff. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Huntingdon joined Harry’s family and previous neighbours and friends from Fenstanton.

There were four generations of Harry’s family at the party, including his son John, daughter Margaret, granddaughter Gillian, and two of his great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Reece, as well as Ozzie the dog. His granddaughter Helen greeted him on the telephone from her home in Lancashire.

Remembering Harry’s lifelong interest in football, his great grandsons, Zak and Cyrus created a wonderful birthday card for him. A birthday cake and refreshments were kindly provided by the staff at the home.

9 Mar 15

Huntingdon Regional College Delivers Paintings

Paintings by Huntingdon Regional College were delivered to Hunters Down Care Home in Huntingdon last month.

Pearl Ewing, the home’s activity coordinator said, “Residents gave the students some ideas for the paintings. The students then worked on designs and came into Hunters Down so residents could watch them start their paintings.

Everyone enjoyed this experience with many questions being asked by both parties. Even a sing along was enjoyed while students created their wonderful artwork, which residents will now be able to enjoy every day.”

The paintings completed on canvases supplied by Hunters Down depict celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jnr, as well as images of animals and landscapes. Louise Simms, a level 2 Art Student, said “I asked my great nan, who is a resident at Hunters Down what images they would like and she suggested Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, so I chose them for my work”.

On their final visit, students took turns to exhibit and talk about their paintings.

5 Mar 15

Pearly queen shakes a leg

A nursing home fell in love with all things East End as a pearly queen opened one of its renamed units.

Sherrell House in Fencepiece Road, Chigwell, welcome the extravagently decorated Doreen Golding to open the Pearly Kings and Queens unit last week.

Doreen danced the Charleston with resident Len Fisher while taking a guided tour of the building.

Residents enjoyed bubbly and a buffet to mark the special occasion.

Sherrell co-ordinator Lee-ann Kingwell said: “It went really well-everyone was really happy to meet the pearly queen, she’s a very nice lady.

“It was really fun – it was as if the real queen visited!”

Lee-ann said of the residents: “I just love working with them because I get on really well with them and I like to think that we brighten up their day.”

27 Feb 15

Excelcare Chefs Cook Up A Delight

On the 10th and 11th February, Excelcare Chefs from Cambridge, Essex, London and Milton Keynes were invited to the Baking Academy at Knorr Kitchen in Leather for a hands-on baking workshop held by Unilever.

The sessions, conducted by an experienced development chef from Unilever were designed to show that baking from scratch takes no more time than convenience bake mixes, whilst also acting as a refresher on baking skills and techniques. Scratch cooking is a key consumer trend providing a reconnection with real, authentic, basic ingredients and the importance of healthy eating.

The Excelcare Chefs were put into groups of two and explored the different fats supplied to the homes, the fat, salt and water content of each of these and their taste and how to rectify any problems should anything go wrong between the theory and practical application. This valuable knowledge was then applied to the creation of cakes, puddings and bakes. Conventional wisdom is that is less costly to make something from scratch than to purchase a ready-made equivalent. To illustrate this, even PG Tips tea bags were drawn into the discussions and how they can contribute to the flavours of tea time cakes.

The Unilever development chef demonstrated how to tempt and delight the taste buds by the use of natural ingredients, including blending fresh mint with granulated sugar. This blend was then dried off in an oven for less than 10 minutes at 180, and then blended again to form crystals, giving the chefs the means to inspire the residents’ eating, through skilful garnishing and additions at baking time. This was replicated back at Sherrell House, Chigwell, Essex, much to the delight of their residents.

The Chef at Sherrell House said “It was a great friendly atmosphere” and “because we deal with residents with dementia, enhancing foods with these flavours is a fantastic idea.”

20 Feb 15

Peartree on World Cancer Day

February 4th was World Cancer day, and staff relatives and people living in Peartree Care Centre marked the day in style.

The home held a cake sale, with the staff and relatives putting in a huge effort to bake different kinds of cakes and biscuits for the occasion. They had flavoured cupcakes, fresh fruit cakes, coconut cakes, banana cake and their very own smashing hit – a delicious rum cake!

The local shop “The Cake Store” donated a beautiful fruit cake covered in fondant icing, deocrated in pink. People paid to guess the weight, with Hilda, currently living at the home, coming the closest and winning. She was delighted and said that it was a perfect gift for her son who would be celebrating his 70th birthday very soon.

Staff, relatives and people living in the home helped to serve cakes and drinks and looked after guests who dropped in on the day to support the cause. The home managed to raise £216 in 3 hours, which was given to the local Cancer Research store.

18 Feb 15

World Cancer Day – Update

Excelcare Holdings, a leading Dementia Care Home Company, have been raising awareness for World Cancer Day by fundraising for Cancer Research UK. This was an opportunity for staff to be involved in supporting the campaign to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.

Over the past few weeks the Care Homes, along with the Excelcare Head Office, have participated in different fundraising activities in order to raise as much awareness and money as possible.

The activities included cake sales, raffles, dress down days, wear pink to work day and purchasing the World Cancer Day Bands.
Along with all the activities came the good will of the Excelcare CEO, Osman Ertosun, who agreed to donate £1 for every band sold in the Homes/Head Office and £1 for every band shown in a snap afternoon group pictures- one small office (anonymous) gathering shown above!

In total, the Excelcare efforts managed to raise £700 for Cancer Research UK, and by their associated activities, staff played a part in helping raise as much awareness as possible for World Cancer Day.

17 Feb 15

Valentines Day at Sherrell House

Saturday 14th February was a special day for the 5 couples currently residing at Sherrell House. The couples had a lovely valentine’s day dinner and entertainment with waitress service.

The Menu was full of surprises including Rosina and Albery who first met at a fish and chip shop, had their fish and chips in Newspaper photocopied from the 1900’s. Other couples joined in the fun and celebration and gave each other cards and roses with their served champagne and wine.

16 Feb 15

Fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care

A local lady Louise, who is a personal friend of the chairman Osman Ertosun and the Ertosun family, sadly lost her Mum to cancer and is trying to give something back to the wonderful charity that looked after her Mum – Marie Curie Cancer Care

Each year Marie Curie holds the Great Daffodil Appeal which has been raising awareness and funds since 1986.

Louise is holding a Fundraising Pamper and Coffee Morning at The Beaverwood Club in Chislehurst on Wednesday 18th March and has asked for our help to sell raffle tickets.

We have £200 worth to sell and hope we can call on your continued fundraising support by purchasing some tickets from reception. Please email charlotte.barrett@excelcareholdings.com to purchase your tickets or pop by reception!

The raffle tickets cost £2.50 each or 5 tickets for £10.

The draw will take place on Wednesday 18th March at the Fundraising Pamper and Coffee Morning; should any of the tickets we sell be drawn they will contact you directly as the raffle tickets sold will hold your contact details on them.

They are working on more prizes, but so far they have a 3 course lunch for 2 with a bottle of wine at the award winning Cinnamon Kitchen, Devonshire Square; various pamper treatments and vouchers and much more!

Last year, the Great Daffodil Appeal raised £8.26 million, funding 413,000 hours of nursing care. That was a great result. But sadly, every five minutes in the UK someone dies without the care they need at the end of their life. By buying a raffle ticket, you will be helping Marie Curie Nurses for more people living with a terminal illness, so they can spend time with the people they love.

Thank you for your support.