Residents at Coppelia House have started to collect shoeboxes and items for their donation to Samaritan’s Purse – Operation Christmas Child.
When making up a box you decide boy or girl and which age bracket you would like to support. This year I’ve prepared a box for a boy and a girl both in the 2-4 age bracket. You also pay £3.00 towards shipping each box.
Samaritan’s Purse is an international relief and development organisation that works through local churches. Since 1990, 124 million children have received a Christmas shoe box in over 150 countries. We hope you’ll join us in helping children worldwide this Christmas.
If you’d like to donate some new items and shoeboxes, Coppelia are more than happy to receive donations. The local collection is November 4th, so please bring items in before then.
On Sunday 3rd September some Peninsula Care Homes staff joined hundreds of people walking for the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk.
Starting in Exwick playing fields near the canal we walked just under 5 miles taking in some of the canal views and wildlife. It was an extremely damp day with pouring rain but didn’t prevent us and many others walking for Alzheimer’s Society.
Should you wish to donate please visit our fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/MW41275x
Our next walk/run is supporting the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance. The Muddiford’s Cheese Run is on October 8th and includes a 5 mile scenic run/walk from Burlescombe Village along The Grand Western Canal finishing at Muddiford’s Court Country House. After the finishing line we can enjoy the fun day.
On your marks, get set, baaake!
It’s that time of year again and everyone’s favourite excuse to get baking.
Each year the Great British Bake Off series on TV is enjoyed by millions and continues to be one of the nations most talked about topic.
Last year’s Bake Off saw Candice Brown crowned as the winner. Only a short while after GBBO fans were shocked as the show announced its move to Channel 4. With this even further disappointment followed when Mary Berry announced she would not be returning for the series on Channel 4, along with most loved comedy duo Mel and Sue.
Parkland House have been testing their baking skills over the last few weeks, just in time to watch the beginning of the new Great British Bake Off series.
Residents have been reading through old recipe books and picking their favourite baking treats. Parkland’s activity coordinators helped to set up a baking factory in the new lounge so everyone could have a go at making some delicious fairy cupcakes.
It was a very busy afternoon, greatly enjoyed by all and finished with a lovely spread of cupcakes, teas and coffees.
Whilst we may not be having a bake off between the Homes each home over the series will be using the Great British Bake Off as an excuse to try new cakes or enjoy their current favourites. Why not dig out some old recipes books at home or ask relatives for their recipe recommendations and give them a try?
Peninsula Care Homes are members of the Devon Care Kite Mark and will be attending its Thanksgiving Jamboree on Thursday 23rd November. All attendees are invited to bring a cake, this year the entrants must be fit for Thanksgiving. All entries are judged on presentation and then donated to St. Petrock’s, a charity in Exeter for people who are homeless or vulnerably housed.
Coppelia residents are looking forward to enjoying Moretonhampstead Carnival Week. The residents love watching all the different entries to the parade on Carnival Day on Thursday 24th August.
Moretonhampstead Carnival has been running for around 90 years, stopping only during the war years. The funds raised used to go to local hospitals until the hospitals were taken over by the Health Service. Since then money raised is used to support local organisations.
The carnival remains a really popular event with activities leading up to the grand procession. This years theme will be Rock n Roll and Coppelia House residents have called their entry “You are never too old to have fun! Let’s take you back to 1951”.
Ladies will be dressed as teddy girls in skirts & scarves which they have helped to make or chosen their own clothes. Gentlemen will be dressed as teddy boys and have picked bright colours for the trim on their jackets, with bolo ties which residents helped to make.
Ladies have also made mock milkshakes to hold as well as cheerleader style ‘pom poms’. Finishing touches will include inflatable guitars and a jukebox.
Some staff will also be dressed in the 1950’s theme to make for a very colourful entry.
Coppelia residents will be an official entry on the programme with the procession starting at 6.30 pm. On August 23rd they will be a dress rehearsal for the outside entertainer at 2pm with his Rock n Roll special.
In the warmer months our residents enjoy taking part in picnic lunches in the gardens. Our homes have various spots with benches and tables to provide the perfect picnic spot. And on occasion residents may enjoy a picnic on a trip out to the seaside.
Putting together a picnic is great fun and something we all love to do when the sun is shining. It is also a great opportunity for our residents to join in social interactions in what may have been considered a family and friends summer tradition.
Top tips for a picnic:
Be prepared: Fill up your picnic hamper with all the essentials and the extras. Don’t forget the cheese and crackers for light nibbles and plenty of plates!
Let’s entertain: As well as lots of lovely food and drinks to choose from, packing some books, games and perhaps a music player would be great for those looking to relax.
Cover up: As the perfect picnic weather appears, it is important not to forget to apply sun protectors, such as creams or sprays and be prepared for insect bites or high pollen counts. Pack items which may provide shade and covers for food.
Keep it clean: Enjoy a great picnic and always leave the area as you found it!
This week our homes will be joining in efforts to raise money for Children in Need. We thought we would take this opportunity to tell you about another charity we support helping children. For the last two years Peninsula Care Homes has paid for hotel accommodation for the children at Heathrow on their last night in the U.K., which has been greatly appreciated by the children, their group leader and the charity.
The Chernobyl disaster occurred on 26th April 1986 when the fourth reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant near Belaurus exploded. It is thought it will take 400 years to rid the area of contamination.
Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline was established in 1992. Because of the charity some 60,000 children from Belarus have visited Britain. Whilst here they receive some basic medical attention including dental care and eye examination. The month break is thought to boost their damaged immune system and improve their quality of life.
Our local Totnes & South Hams link hosted 8 children last year. They arrived in Devon with no English, very little clothes for their month stay. In addition to medical treatment they got to enjoy Devon. Each year a range of fun activities are enjoyed which can include a ride on a Rib, tea party at the Winking Prawn in Salcombe, horse riding, surf lesson, first trip to the seaside and making sandcastles, visits to local attractions. They return home after their medical treatment, fun in Devon and a huge bag full of clothes for themselves and to share with their siblings.
If you think you could host two children or donate please visit www.ccll.org.uk
Jane & Robert Cornerways Activity Co-ordinator’s share some highlights in their latest guest blog.
September was a very busy month for Cornerways with a new rail carriage frieze in the dining room complete with new furniture, new flooring, lights and railway inspired pictures.
We had a ‘Colour Clash Day’ to raise money for the charity Rowcroft Hospice, raising a total £109.00. Staff, residents and residents families dressed up in vibrant vivid clashing colours. The residents decorated cakes with similar bright colours which were on sale to visitors and staff. Our chef Robin excelled himself with rainbow cakes and also helped raise money when a member of staff offered to pay to see him get a creamy cake in the face! Which we boldly agreed to.
We held our first ever ‘Cornerways Fashion Show’ with staff, residents, the hair dresser and relatives modelling their favourite outfits and hats. Relatives and staff enjoyed it so much they have asked for it to be an annual event.
Residents also enjoyed a ‘Cheese and Wine Party’ that went down a storm.
October is proving to be another busy month seeing residents enjoy a Chocolate Week tasting afternoon, Swinging 60’s Themed Day and Seafront walks to enjoy the autumn colours (fingers crossed weather permitting).
On Saturday 8th October some Peninsula Care Home staff will be joining thousands of people warming up for the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk.
Starting in front of the War Memorial on Plymouth Hoe we will be walking just under 10km. Described as a more challenging walk we will lap the impressive Royal Citadel before heading along the South Coast path to Royal William Yard and returning inland along picturesque streets.
We will be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society campaign ‘walk for a world without dementia’. £100 raised would pay for a person with dementia to enjoy ten “singing for the brain” sessions to boost their confidence. Alternatively £100 could pay for genetic tests for 16 people in a clinical trial.
We are looking forward to exploring Plymouth, walking as a team all whilst raising money for Alzheimer’s Society. If we could request good weather that would be a bonus.
Should you wish to donate please visit our fundraising page https://www.justgiving.com/teams/MW16Peninsulacareteam.