Akari care-Care Industry NewsA brave member of staff at Wallsend-based Charlton Court care home took the plunge for charity in memory of her late cousin.

Emma Binks, 21, who has been a Care Assistant at Charlton Court for three years, completed a bungee jump at Lightwater Valley to raise funds for the Toma Fund, a charity which supports children, teenagers, young people and their families in the North East and Cumbria who have been affected by a diagnosis of childhood cancer.

Emma raised £650 for the charity in memory of her cousin, Carly Kerins, who recently died of cancer and to support those families who are going through a similar, tough situation.

Charlton Court, which is based on Bristol Drive in Wallsend, provides nursing care for up to 55 elderly residents.

The home is part of Akari Care and aims to maintain lifestyles as similar as possible to those enjoyed at home, with an extensive range of activities which individuals can enjoy and benefit from.

Emma Binks said: “I was really quite nervous leading up to the bungee jump, but knowing that it was for my cousin and that I had so many sponsors for a charity that does invaluable work, gave me the confidence to go through with it.

“The Toma Fund is a charity which is very close to my heart and does fantastic work supporting young people diagnosed with cancer. I’m really thankful for those who sponsored me and I’d like to thank all my colleagues and residents and their families at Charlton Court for their support and encouragement.”  

Susan Drew, Manager at Charlton Court, said: “We are so very proud of Emma for her dedication to the Toma Fund and for her bravery on the day and I’m sure that her cousin would be extremely proud. She definitely sets a good example to all at Charlton Court care home.”


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