We are so lucky to have Clare Osbourne come to offer her services and provide a Zumba Gold class for the residents. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for seniors. The residents were not sure what to expect as it is quite a new concept for them but as you can see from their faces (and of course the faces of the staff!) they thoroughly enjoyed the session and are looking forward to further classes.
Thank you Clare for giving up your time for the residents at Valerie Manor and for providing us all with a new exciting experience …. and keeping us fit and healthy!
Recently staff suggested that we have a year of fund raising for St Barnabas House, which I wholeheartedly support. Since we are currently part of the Gold Standards Framework and are working with staff, residents and their families and GP’s to ensure that end of life care at Valerie Manor is of a very high standard, we thought that this would be a great way of thanking St Barnabas for their support that they give to everyone here at Valerie Manor, as well as the help they give to others.
Care assistants Collette and Sarah started the idea as they wanted to take part in this year’s Night to Remember half marathon midnight walk along Worthing seafront and were keen to do this while representing Valerie Manor. We were all 100% behind the idea and this has now paved the way for future events throughout the year and into 2013. The list of events that we currently have planned are as follows;
Night to Remember Midnight Walk Saturday 16th June 2012 Care assistants Collette and Sarah join around 1,000 other fabulous women walkers to take part in the 5th year of this fantastic event.
Go Green Tea Party Friday 12th October 2012 This was a popular event a couple of years ago at Valerie Manor. Join us for an afternoon of fun, food and entertainment where the staff will be dressed in green for the day!
Brighton Marathon Sunday 14th April 2013 Registered Nurse Linda Norman and Office Manager Alan Fry have bravely put themselves forward for next year’s Brighton marathon. Good luck to both of you! ……..I wonder who will get the fastest time?!
We hope to add more events over time so please check back regularly for updates and news.
I think it’s fantastic that we have staff with such big hearts and are so dedicated to what they do and what they believe in. I’m very proud of them all.
If you’d like to support us and help raise money for St Barnabas House, please visit our JustGiving online donation page. You can also text your donation using the information below.
I had a lovely surprise this afternoon, when a resident’s relation asked me to come into the conservatory as they had something for me, I opened the gift bag in front of the residents and found a beautifully knitted bobble hat. I had previously joked that during the colder weather, because of my lack of hair I did notice the cold!
I must thank both Dree and Joy (pictured) for taking the trouble, and whilst they said it was just a joke – it was very much appreciated. The ladies also wrote a rhyme which they are happy for me to share with you!
Joy said to me, a hat you did need So out came my needles with great speed! This little hat I’ve made for you It will stop your head from turning blue! I hope to your face it will bring a smile, Then all of my work will have been worthwhile Joy’s done her best to write this rhyme Forgive the poor soul – she’s nearly 89!
It was Lucy’s last shift over the weekend before commencing her maternity leave, and so to wish her well we gathered in the conservatory on Friday, where the residents presented her with a blanket they had knitted. Lucy was so pleased with the blanket and promised to visit with her new arrival very soon!