Here are a few fundraising dates for your diary for the first half of next year:
Friday 9th February: Quiz Night – £12.50 per ticket to include a filled jacket potato.
Friday 20th April: Race Night – £15.00 per ticket to include a fish and chip supper.
Wednesday 20th June – Biennial Golf Day – Beaconsfield Golf Club
Friday 29th June – Afternoon Tea at Hall Barn With Dominic Crieve- £25 per head to include raffle tickets.
Please contact the office for more information about any of these events. 01494 671780
Bradbury House is a wonderful place for aspiring doctors, nurses and others hoping to carve out a career in medicine to gain valuable experience while at the same time bringing an extra youthful dimension to life within the Home. We are currently lucky to have the valuable contribution of not just one but two Banerji sisters, Priya and Rupa. Priya first started helping here about six years ago and, although she is now in the middle or her medical studies at St George’s in London, she still finds the time to come back periodically during her vacations. Some of you, who have been residents here for a few years, may remember that she also spent a while working in a town hospital in Morogoro in Tanzania and, on her return, she was one of my early contributors who was happy to tell me about her experiences for publication in an edition of the newsletter back in 2014.
Now we are fortunate to also have her younger sister Rupa working here during her gap year between leaving Beaconsfield High School and before she too goes off to university to study medicine. She started here in September and told me she is enjoying it very much. She is giving assistance in all sorts of areas, including assisting residents to get up and go to bed, helping with activities in the Activity Centre and on one occasion she accompanied a resident on a hospital appointment.
Bev and Daphne are familiar faces in the Activity Centre and are known to all of you who venture down there. They have recently been very busy undertaking a course on chair-based exercises which they have now completed and passed. They had to go to Aylesbury to participate in this course, which involved learning all about exercises designed to stimulate and strengthen older people who might have had a stroke or be suffering from osteoporosis or muscle weakness and frailty. The exercises are designed to help with reaching for things, walking, particularly on uneven ground, and other everyday activities. They include stretches and the use of a band to strengthen the muscles in the arms and legs. This course is a Government initiative, which was introduced last year and Bev and Daphne were among the second group of students to undertake it. The Government wants to see it rolled out to more care and residential homes catering for frail and elderly people. The exercises are, however, not exclusively for the old and frail and anybody wanting to strengthen the muscles in their arms and legs can do them.
On Saturday 11th November a party was held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Activity Centre. The room was buzzing with residents, staff, trustees, volunteers and others who have over the years been involved with Bradbury House. We were pleased to see the former Chairman of the Trustees Roger Lockyer, who had made the journey to be with us. His successor as Chairman, Jeff Medlock, took the opportunity of this event to announce and where possible present long-service awards to a number of staff who had completed ten years of service at Bradbury House. These staff members, Chris Garrett, Natasha Cantelo, Catherine Kirwan, Julie Graham and Jane Gale, join the ever increasing band of staff who have worked here
for over a decade, which is a true testament to the special place that Bradbury House is. This takes the total number of staff with long-service awards to 29, four of whom have worked here for twenty years or more. No anniversary party would be complete without a cake and this party was no exception.
At Bradbury House on Friday 8th December 3 staff members from the activity centre dressed up as Elf’s to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research. The residents thoroughly enjoyed seeing the staff wearing a different uniform. A big thank you to Jane, Daphne and Bev for making the day special for all the residents.
Please join us at this years Beaconsfield Now being held at Beaconsfield rugby ground on 6 May 2017 from 11am – 2pm.
Bradbury House is hosting a race night in aid of the supporting care fund.
2nd June 2017 @ 6.30pm
Tickets £12.50 to include Fish and Chip Supper
For tickets or more information see Maureen in the Activity Centre.
01494 671780 option 4
Local resident and Deputy Manager of Bradbury House, Andrew Cantelo, is to bravely embark on a 500km, 12-day cycle trip from Vietnam to Cambodia, with the aim to raise over £2,000 for Bradbury House in Beaconsfield Old Town.
Andrews’s cycle expedition will depart on 4th February 2017, taking him from Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam to Angkor Wat in Cambodia. This is not a holiday, but a major physical challenge, no lie-ins, long days cycling in all weather and often camping with no personal comforts.
Andrew, Deputy Manager at Bradbury House, is raising money for the home he has worked in for nearly 17 years and the money raised will be for the Supporting Care Fund. 100% of funds raised will go to the Charity. The Fund is currently aimed at providing financial assistance for non- residential users of the Day Care Centre.
If you would like to make a donation please click here or call the office on 01494 671780 for a sponsorship form.
The long awaited book about Bradbury House entitled “A Vision Fulfilled” is finally available at the price of £9.00. It is packed with information and memories about how Bradbury House came about in the first place and how it has developed over its first two decades. The very first copy of the book was sold at our Golf Day to Lynda Weiss by trustee and co-author Lesley Rogers. Do let Liz at reception or one of the managers know if you would like to purchase a copy.