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May Events & Activities – Join Us
To follow are a selection of upcoming activities during May. For the full listing, please download our Avondale May 2015 Activities Menu.
Wednesday 6th May, 2.30pm, Avondale’s 5 A Side. An afternoon of football in the garden with drinks and ice lollies.
Saturday 16th May, all day, Avondale’s Biography Day. This day will be dedicated to the residents and them telling their favourite past time stories.
Monday 18th until Sunday 24th May, all day, Home to Home Cycle. Avondale staff are cycling from Avondale to Chiltern Grange and then back. All money raised will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society.
Friday 22nd May, 3:00pm, Dementia Awareness Day. For dementia awareness week we will be having an afternoon talk about the effects of dementia, how to cope and activities you can do with them.
The above activity highlights are in addition to our usual weekly activities which you will find in your activity programme including Yoga, Kinesis One Gym sessions, Skittles, iPad sessions, the Wallace Collection and Pet Therapy.
Contact us today on 01296 438 034 to find out more about these upcoming events and activities in May or why not suggest an activity yourself!
Adam Henson: My Life on the Land and in the Media – 19th March
From the farm to the telly, Avondale Care Home hosted BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson for an informal talk about his life on the farm and on the BBC. Residents and guests were also able to ask Adam questions about his career on the farm and his on-screen experiences. This was followed by a delicious light lunch.
Contact Avondale today to learn about our future events taking place in 2015.
8th March 2015: hot footing it for children with cancer
Avondale Care Home has gained something of a reputation as a centre of excellence for care in the region, with its manager, Shaun Canavan, being awarded the prestigious “Care Manager of the Year” prize at the recent National Care Awards.
On Sunday 8th March, a wonderful example of this heart for caring was displayed as staff raised money for children with cancer. And this was not by shaking tins or sponsoring the baking of cakes: on this occasion staff chose to walk across burning ashes.
The beneficiary of the event was Little Heroes Cancer Trust, a charity that is committed to give support and bring moments of joy to children with cancer and their families.
The event began with a secure and safe environment being prepared and laid out in the car park of Avondale Care Home by a member of the charity. Wood was laid out and set alight in the form of a pathway and the tinder’s became hot ash. Then the fire walking began.
Each member of staff encouraged and supported the other as they proceeded, with belief, laughter and high morale overcoming fears and pain.
Through sponsorship from colleagues, family, friends and the wider community, an incredible £1200 was raised for the cause.
Shaun, the manager of Avondale commented: “This was an amazing fun event and it really brought all the team together. There were a few sore feet the day after, but we all felt the cause was well worth it.”
Avondale’s Manager is officially best in the UK
Shaun Canavan, Avondale’s Manager has been recognised as the best care manager in the UK at the 16th National Care Awards! In this strongly contested category Shaun was able to demonstrate to the panel of independent judges his energy, dedication and passion for care as well as being able to instil these qualities in his team at Avondale. Shaun’s win was announced at a prestigious gala dinner to celebrate the Awards. Held in London on Friday, 28th November, and hosted by husband and wife TV duo, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, the event was attended by over 800 people in the care sector.
Porthaven and the team at Avondale are immensely proud of Shaun and that his work has been recognised in this way.
Angela Rippon talks to Avondale
On Wednesday 12th November 2014, Broadcaster, Journalist and Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Angela Rippon shared her intimate knowledge of the care industry and her passion for championing better care for older people with memory loss conditions. This moving talk captured the spirit of guests, residents and staff before all enjoyed an afternoon tea.
If you would like to attend the next talk with Angela Rippon, or any of our other events and activities then please call 01296 438 036.
Fine Wine & Delicious Food
On Thursday 30th October 2014, residents and guests enjoyed a complimentary evening of fine wine, cheese and smoked food from the very best, Fortnum & Mason.
Fortnum & Mason’s wine specialist, Jamie Waugh, was on hand to introduce some of the finest wines they have to offer, which of course went down a treat!
If you fancy yourself a bit of a wine connoisseur, get in touch and come along to the next complimentary Fortnum & Mason event.
The Avondale Summer Music Festival
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Avondale’s big Summer Festival weekend was an all-round success. At this exclusive and complimentary event taking place between Friday, 25th and Sunday, 27th July, Avondale celebrated a variety of international music with a host of renowned performers. Throughout the festival, there was complimentary food and refreshments on offer to our guests.
Each event was attended to capacity and the excellent music matched the super weather we have been experiencing. Friends, family and residents marvelled at the transformation from care home to musical theatre!
Acts booked include Sensation – one of the most sought-after ABBA Tribute Bands in the world; Cantabile, the London Quartet, a renowned British a cappella-style vocal quartet and winners of the acclaimed Wavendon Allmusic Award, in addition to a variety of performers from a fantastic, eclectic mix of cultures, sounds and rhythms.
For anyone who has been unfortunate in missing out on our Music Festival, do get in touch with us. We often run exciting and interesting open events, and we can add you to the list for our next event.
Find out more about the event spanning over 3 days by visiting our Avondale Summer Festival page today.