Care home staff walk for residents

Staff from Holywell Dene Care Home taking part in a sponsored walk in fancy dress to raise money for the home.
Staff from Holywell Dene Care Home taking part in a sponsored walk in fancy dress to raise money for the home.

Staff from a Northumberland care home have taken part in a sponsored walk wearing fancy dress outfits to raise funds for their facility.

The team from Holywell Dene walked approximately eight miles from the home around various areas of Seaton Delaval before ending up back at the premises.

Home manager Gemma Stewart said: “The main purpose of the walk was to raise funds for our residents in order for them to be able to spend a week at a caravan situated in Whitley Bay.

“The initial idea was thought up by activities co-ordinator Janet Sothcott to give the residents that ‘holiday feeling’, the resident’s spent the week at the caravan in June and it was so well received by residents and families that it was decided another week should be booked in September.

“I am extremely proud of all the hard work and dedication that has been shown by the staff team to ensure that the residents’ wellbeing is at the heart of everything we do and I would like to express a big thank you from everyone within Holywell Dene to those that have sponsored and supported us.”

The walk has so far raised more than £750, with more still coming in.

The money raised will enable staff to take the residents for another week in the caravan.

Janet was joined on the walk by administrator Sarah Kennedy, deputy manager Suzanne Wilkinson, senior carer Julie Mcmurrough and care assistant Susan Walton all took part in the walk.