Plant pot painting

Westoe Grange in South Shields have been visited by pupils of Bamburgh School, South Shields. The pupils have decorated plant pots in an array of designs and given them as gifts to our residents. The residents loved their presents and some are indoors whilst others are helping to brighten our outdoor space to be seen and enjoyed by everyone. We would like to say thank you to the pupils of Bamburgh School.


Art donation brings summer feel

Artist Shelly Gilson from Rural Art has designed and created this painting of a sea view, giving the impression our residents are looking out the window and out to the horizon, residents can enjoy sitting outside in this peaceful area and admire the art. The art work has very kindly been donated to our care home at Springfield Lodge in West Rainton. We would like to thank Shelly for her fantastic work and the hours she has dedicated to this.

Flower Wall makes big impression

If you have visited Springfield Lodge recently you may have noticed the colourful flower wall. This flower wall was made by Fiore Flowers by Natasha and Lyndsay, who donated this masterpiece for everyone to enjoy. As you can see, residents and staff are thrilled with the new instalment as it brings so much colour to the conservatory, making this a much loved place to sit and relax. We would like to say a big thank you to Natasha and Lyndsay from Fiore Flowers for this generous donation.

Fun was had on Armed Forces Day

Ascot Care proudly support military charities and others alike throughout the year. Saturday 29th June was Armed Forces Day which which we indeed celebrated. We invited friends and family along to join in the activities at our homes.

St Anne’s of Whitley Bay had the Cadet’s visit our residents to tell their stories and what they are doing in their training, along with entertaining our residents and staff they enjoyed the cakes and games.

The Lawns in Monkseaton saw entertainer and singer Mick Young raise the atmosphere to a party mood.

Springfield Lodge in West Rainton had cakes and party games and were joined by Claire who performed her puppet show and sang to the residents. The puppets were in uniform which related to the armed forces.

Residents of Castleview care home held a coffee and cake morning with a £1 contribution per person to be donated to the Help for Heroes campaign. Residents in the Sunderland area enjoyed all the activities that were going on in Sunderland and Roker to raise money and bring awareness of what our servicemen do.

Care Home Open Day Success

Ascot Care are delighted to be able to say that we are celebrating 30 years in care. We began Ascot Care 30 years ago to provide high quality residential care to those who needed it.  We are exceptionally happy that over the years we have succeeded and Ascot Care has grown from one care home to 6 care homes across the North East of England from Alnwick to Darlington.  All 6 of our care homes were open to the public last week as part of the national care home open day.  We hope you all had a chance to visit one of our care homes near to you and we welcome any feedback from your visit.  

 A great day was had by all, the sun was out and with so many activities taking place it was difficult not to have fun.  

 Residents, staff, family, friends and members of the public were kept entertained throughout the day and here is what was happening at each of our homes.

Castleview - Alnwick

Castle view enjoyed a raffle, tombola, stalls, food and beverages and finished the afternoon listening to a fabulous singer.

The Gardens - Darlington

Residents , staff and family had fun at the Gardens when the mini pony came along to say hello, also entertained by local singer and plenty of refreshments throughout the day.

The Lawns - Monkseaton

Cakes were enjoyed celebrating the 30 years in care along with being entertained by girl band ‘The Silver Stars’

St Annes’s - Whitley Bay

St Anne’s enjoyed a great BBQ with plenty of entertainment from a Ukulele band, and many arts and crafts were created throughout the day, along with cake stalls, tombola and raffle.

Springfield Lodge - West Rainton

Springfield Lodge were busy with jewellery, cards and perfume stalls. Rainton Lodge Primary school children had a sing off with the residents, the children singing songs from the bygone era whilst residents tried out modern songs. The children won, who were judged by Sheila, daughter of Gordon, a resident at Springfield. West Rainton and Leamside nursery helped decorate cakes with residents and visitors from the dementia friendly society. The children enjoyed their fish n chip lunch.

Westoe Grange - South Shields

Westoe Grange residents saw a tombola, food and drinks with cake stalls and listened to John Casey who was singing for the brain.

Ascot Care help sponsor Percy Hedley Foundation

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Ascot Care proudly help charities all over the country in order to help people in need. The Percy Hedley Foundation is a charity which provides high quality, specialist and personalised care and education support to disabled people and their families. The foundation helps children, young people and adults with their education services including, Hedleys Percy Hedley School, Hedleys Northern Counties School, Hedleys College, along with residential and respite care.

The foundation is maintained by a dedicated team of fundraisers who work extremely hard all year round, raising funds to be put towards vital services, specialist equipment and facilities.

One of the fund raising events which happened early in June was the Percy Hedley Cup. It was a great chance for golf enthusiasts to have a fun day, be competitive and donate to a great charity. Ascot Care feel proud to have contributed to the event by sponsoring 2 of the holes on the day along with donating a prize.

If you would like to know more about The Percy Hedley Foundation or make a contribution, click the link

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The Lawns are proud and reassured of their care

It is always a pleasure to receive such kind letters of thanks from family members. The Lawns in Monkseaton recently received this letter thanking them for all their hard work, professionalism and their caring nature, the fabulous food and wonderful entertainment. Our staff strive to make the lives of our residents the best and most comfortable they possibly can be. Receiving this letter makes our staff feel proud they are carrying out meaningful work and makes them feel valued. Knowing family members have peace of mind that their loved ones are being cared for in the best possible way and for them to know their family members are having a nice and fun time is what we aim to achieve. We’d like to thank this family member for such a reassuring letter, it gives us a boost and lets us know we had done everything we could.

Fun and Games for the Queen's Birthday

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Residents of Castleview Care Home had fun earlier this month celebrating the Queen’s Birthday. On the 8th June residents played ‘Royal Bingo’, which was especially made for the occasion, where the numbers were replaced with images of the royal family. The residents and staff all had a fun time playing the game and acknowledging the birthday of this very special lady.

Castleview residents raise money for Alzheimer's Society


Earlier this month Castleview Care Home held a cupcake morning in order to raise money to be donated to the Alzheimer’s society. The morning was fun with friends and family visiting for a tasty cupcake, cup of coffee and a good old chat. £39 was raised which will be donated back to the charity, we’d like to thank all our residents, staff, friends and family for being supportive of such a worthy charity. Well done!