Over £500 was raised for residents at Briardene care home, Newbiggin, to boost the residents’ fund, which supports activities such as day trips, entertainment and activities.
Dozens of staff members, residents, their families and members of the local community attended the evening of fundraising and entertainment at Newcastle’s Irish Centre.
Ryan Lewis, 23, from Newcastle, who is an administrative assistant at Brairdene, bravely volunteered to have his legs waxed in exchange for sponsorships. He said: “The residents’ fund is very important as it pays for the things they enjoy, including visiting lovely places and having performers coming in to sing their favourite songs.
“It’s not only our job to take care of the residents, but also to provide a happy living environment, which is really important for their wellbeing and happiness.”
Care home manager, Fiona Payne, said: “The team are very committed to helping the residents at Briardene and this commitment goes far beyond the simple day-to-day care.
“The event was a great success. Everyone had an amazing day and we raised £500, which will allow us to arrange a lovely day out for our residents. We would like to say a big thanks to everyone who donated.”
Other efforts to boost the amount of funds raised included a raffle with the chance to win various gifts donated by families of residents.
William Turner, who has worked at the home since last December, also provided entertainment with an array of musical hits for the audience.