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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Workington care group is getting ready for Christmas

A Workington care group is holding a series of fund-raising events so it can throw its patients a Christmas party.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS: Staff at Bellcare want to raise money to hold a Christmas party for patients

Staff at Bellcare on Peart Road, which provides home care service across Allerdale, want to raise enough money to throw its 200 patients a Christmas party at the Oval Centre in Salterbeck on December 17.

Several patients are also chipping in to help raise funds.

Events planned include care assistant Karla Hill getting her hair cut short, Dek Ellwood, a care assistant, getting his chest waxed, and staff dressing up to push a hospital bed from Maryport to Workington.

They will also hold raffles and there will be a car boot sale at Mitchell’s Lakeland Livestock Centre in Cockermouth on Sunday.

Debbie Anyon, care manager, said: “We have never tried to organise anything like this but I felt last year that so many were on their own with nothing to look forward to. It would be nice to do something for them.”

Ryan Manchester, 40, of Browside Road, Dearham, who has cerebral palsy, will do a sponsored walk around the village, with staff from Bellcare pushing him round in his wheelchair.

Ken Hodgson, 68, of Newlands Park, Dearham, whose wife Sylvia, 66, has motor neurone disease, has made a bench and has given it to Bellcare for one of the raffles.

He said: “The Christmas party will help them get out. It’s good to get them out meeting other people. The staff at Bellcare are superb.”

Care assistant Aileen McKnight has already raised £95 by holding a tea party at her home in Maryport.

Human resources worker Pam Burnip raised £90 from a cake sale.

The Christmas party will include carol singing from pupils at Beckstone Primary School, Harrington, and music by the Silver Liners, a band made up of disabled people from Cleator Moor.

Any money left over will go towards an Easter party.

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