Almost £380 has been raised for charity by nursing home staff, residents and their families and friends.
Czajka Care Group’s Staveley Birkleas Nursing Home, which is based in Nab Wood near Shipley, hosted a ‘tickled pink’ day where everyone paid to wear pink for the day in support of Breast Cancer Care which is the only UK wide charity to provide care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer.
The home also hosted a special fund-raising event where a group of young performers – Georgina Curlett, Charlotte Wetherall, Freya Bowden, Yvette Lavine and Sophie and Charlotte Mawson – came to sing and dance for the residents.
The girls have previously performed at events raising money for children’s charities the Starlight Children’s Foundation and ActionAid. They have also performed at the Lords Mayor parade as well as at the Harrogate Royal Theatre. All six were also finalists in the Royal Academy of Dance Moving North competition.
A bring and buy cake stall and generous donations from residents’ family members ensured that enough money was raised to split between Breast Cancer Care, Manorlands Hospice and the homes’ Residents Fund.
Sarah Chilton, who organised the fundraising with colleagues Cath Bradley, Joe Beverley and Gemma Sheikh said: “We were delighted with how much everyone got involved and supported the two different events. There was a real buzz in the home on both days with plenty of visitors and family members joining in. The young performers have been asked by our residents to come back and sing and dance again at Christmas time as they loved it so much.”
“We have previously donated money to the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope, and were keen to support them again. The hospice plays an incredibly valuable role providing palliative care and complementary therapy services to support people with life-limiting conditions which can involve complex physical or psychological problems. The breast cancer charity also does such worthwhile work, and we are really proud to play a part in helping both of these charities.”
Some of the money raised will also be donated to the homes’ Resident’s Fund – a fund for residents that has previously been used to buy everything from karaoke machines to Nintendo Wii’s.
Konrad Czajka, Managing Director of Czajka Care Group, says: “It’s heartening to see our staff and our residents working so hard to find fun new ways of raising money for charity. This summer we raised over £2,300 across four of our homes for McMillian Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and the Residents Fund by hosting summer fetes and BBQ’s and over £1,000 earlier in the year for Manorlands Hospice with a sponsored walk. Members at The Clubhouse at Fairmount Park also raised over £800 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and we’re already planning a whole host of other fundraising events for 2016!”