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June Events & Activities – Join Us
To follow are a selection of upcoming activities during June. For the full listing, please download our Avondale June 2015 Activities Menu.
Sunday 14th June, 11:30am, Colour Rush Challenge. Rush Challenge for Charity; 9 colour stations, 10 obstacles and a variety of additional fun obstacles along the way. A course of giant inflatable slides, bouncy castles, foam, gladiators, climbing nets and plenty of surprises along a 5k (rather messy) race.
Friday 19th June, All Day, National Care Home Open Day. This National event welcomes you into our home, feel free to come and have a look around whilst enjoying our activities on offer and enjoy our fine BBQ. All are welcome!
Saturday 27th June, 2:30pm, Medieval Band. Just when you think you have seen (and heard) it all, on the 27th of June Avondale Care Home proudly presents an ever–so-slightly different afternoon of entertainment thanks to a medieval band! Come one and all to an afternoon of true Oldie classics finely played on the instruments that hold the origins of those we know today. No Jousting will be allowed but a Jaunt in merriment is to be encouraged.
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 June or why not suggest an activity yourself.
National Care Home Open Day – Avondale Care Home
The 19th of June was National Care Home Open Day, an opportunity for care homes across the country to open their doors to the public and display their services to all. On this day Porthaven’s Avondale Care Home did just that!
Not only were their doors open to the public to see the standards of care that they provide, but also for the home itself, it was a day of unity and togetherness. Many a staff member threw aside their days off duty to come in and join the team. A gesture that in-itself proves it is both the passion and the quality of character within staff that steers a service in the direction of desired excellence. Rather than simply the necessity of quantity.
As the public entered through the doors of Avondale they were warmly welcomed by Staff and service users alike and then guided through to our landscaped gardens met by a display of entertainment, activities and most importantly, a community.
Thanks to the hard work of all Caring, Management, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Kitchen and Leisure and Wellness departments, activities such as: volleyball, table tennis, coconut shy, football, caricatures, hoopla and even a barbeque! All activities as well as entertainment from the Morph Jazz Trio provided by Live Music Now, ran fluidly from 10 am until 3 pm.
A charity raffle for the Alzheimer’s Society UK was also held which in conjunction with other Avondale Care Home fundraising events, raised a an impressive £385!
Laughter filled the grounds of Avondale Care Home upon this day and it was a day that will be carried in the hearts of all those who entered their doors on National Care Home Open Day 2015.
Avondale Care Home’s Acoustic Cycle for Nepal Earthquake Appeal
On the 12th of June 2015, the Leisure and Wellness department of Avondale care home in Aylesbury embarked upon a challenge. Having had a resident of our care home affected by the recent earthquake disaster in Nepal, they took it upon themselves to support his commitment to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
The two members of the team thought of methods to raise money. With the recent triumph of Jordan Collin’s 42 mile Porthaven “Home-to-Home” cycle that raised both money and awareness for Alzheimer’s UK. Jordan once more took upon himself the physical challenge of another Cycle. On this occasion, however, it would not be the distance that made the difference but the time spent cycling!
Jim Kirby agreed to pick up his guitar and test both his cognitive abilities and stamina. Pushing his limits of focus, dexterity and musical talent.
Between Jordan and Jim, physical and psychological endurance were pushed to their limits as they worked themselves, non-stop, for 7 hours.
They decided that testing themselves was not enough for the cause and to support the resident’s desire to aid the Earthquake appeal. Both Jordan and Jim agreed to wear women’s clothing and also allow the public to take a wax strip to their legs for a donation to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
The challenge started at 9am, and after 7 hours, the last chord was sung and strummed and the last revolution of the pedals had been made. With aching minds and bodies, Jordan and Jim had further committed to Avondale care home’s charitable nature and raised over £100 more from what was initially raised.
This event displayed not only Avondale’s commitment for helping others in the world beyond it’s walls but also the will to support the needs, passions and desires of those within their care.
Avondale Care Home Cycle 42 Miles for Alzheimer’s Society UK
On Wednesday the 20th of May 2015, two staff members from Avondale Care Home in Aylesbury, embarked on a 42-mile charity cycle for the Alzheimer’s Society UK.
At 10:30 in the morning Jordan Collins and Mark David donned their helmets and pressed their pedals setting out to reach Avondale’s sister home Chiltern Grange Care Home in Stokenchurch. At their backs was the encouragement of the staff as well as a bus full of Avondale residents following them in support.
Along their journey they were met by Richard Haikings of TSB bank in Princes Risborough, who welcomed Avondale’s courageous riding ambassadors into his establishment and with the assistance of Feildmouse cafe’s Paul and Diana Towers, provided both cyclists and supporting residents with tea, coffee and cakes.
At 13:10 Jordan and Mark arrived at Porthaven’s Stokenchurch care home Chiltern Grange. Part one of the journey was over.
Once everyone had rested, part 2 of the journey began. The non-stop ride home. The champions of Avondale returned tired, weary but triumphant at 16:00. Cheered by team members and residents alike.
All their efforts and energy well spent raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society UK.
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.