Care home ball raises cash to help fight dementia

Pictured, from left, are Alison Austwicke, Julie Howlett, Kellyanne Rutherford and Jamie Burnett, who together with colleagues from care home provider Four Seasons have raised funds for the Altzheimers Society. The four are pictured at the Manor Park Care Home.
Pictured, from left, are Alison Austwicke, Julie Howlett, Kellyanne Rutherford and Jamie Burnett, who together with colleagues from care home provider Four Seasons have raised funds for the Altzheimers Society. The four are pictured at the Manor Park Care Home.

Care home staff had a ball and raised money for an organisation leading the fight against dementia.

Staff from three homes in Hartlepool, run by Four Seasons Health Care, organised a social night which raised an impressive £600.

All of our homes have people with dementia so trying to help find funding is very important

Jamie Burnett

The proceeds have been split between the homes’ residents funds and The Alzheimer’s Society.

The fundriser took place at the Rovers Quoit Club, in Easington Road, Hartlepool, last month.

Guests enjoyed a disco, raffle, and buffet to get the money rolling in.

It was organised by personal activities leaders Kellyanne Rutherford, Alison Austwicke, Julie Howlett and Jamie Burnett.

They are based at West View Lodge, Warrior Park and Manor Park homes.

Jamie said: “It was pretty successful so we are going to do it on an annual basis.

“It was a good team effort.”

They chose to support The Alzheimer’s Society as each of the homes have residents with forms of dementia.

Jamie added: “All of our homes have people with dementia so trying to help find funding is very important.

“Also people don’t know a lot about the condition even though more people are coming down with dementia as people are getting older.”

The Alzheimer’s Society says it is dedicated to defeating dementia through research.

It funds research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of the condition, including Alzheimer’s disease, to improve treatment for people today and search for a future cure.

There are around 1,200 people in Hartlepool living with dementia.