Local care provider gets the community dancing for Dementia UK

Local in-home care provider, Caremark Bromley, hosted a ‘Time for a Cuppa’ bake sale, raffle and live music event, in aid of Dementia UK. Elderly clients were invited to bring friends and family along to the free event, where they enjoyed tea, cake, prizes and a spot of dancing too! Caremark raised over £200 for the worthwhile cause.

Time for a Cuppa, a fundraising campaign headed up by Dementia UK, encourages individuals and organisations to host tea parties, to raise funds for Admiral Nurses. In an effort to raise as much as possible for this worthy cause, Caremark Bromley planned a bake sale and raffle, inviting care workers, clients, friends and family to join them on Wednesday 1st May at the Bertha James Day Centre in Bromley.

For those clients who often find it difficult to leave the house, or don’t have loved ones living nearby, Caremark even arranged a pick-up and drop-off service. Clients who had no other way of travelling to and from the event were collected at a convenient time, before being driven home at the end of the afternoon.

“We’re aware that some of our clients aren’t getting out and about as often as they would like – for many, our care worker visits are the only human interaction they get,” explained Laura Merryweather, Recruitment Coordinator at Caremark Bromley. “We were adamant they would be included, so we put the service in place to lend a hand.

“Supporting those who need it most is a real priority to us at Caremark and it was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves. A number of our clients are directly affected by Dementia and my own father suffers from the condition, so the charity is very close to our hearts. We’re really proud to have raised so much for the charity and want to thank everyone for coming along on the day and helping us in our efforts.”

All in all, 70 guests enjoyed the afternoon with a local pianist providing the entertainment – a few of the attendees even took the opportunity to join in singing and dancing. Handmade treats were donated by Caremark Bromley’s team of care workers and local cake maker, Mix it Up Cakes.

Comments from clients included, “how wonderful it is to see everyone enjoying themselves so much” and “the day was wonderful.” Following on from the successful fundraising event, Caremark Bromley look to plan similar initiatives in the future.


For more information, visit www.caremark.co.uk/bromley

To speak with Laura Merryweather, contact Kelly Ayres at Rev PR on 07895 876745 or email kelly@revpr.co.uk

Image attached –(from left to right) Rosemarie Duncan (Registered Manager at Caremark Bromley), Donia Ghandouri (Support Worker at Caremark), Sarah Chappells (Caremark Client) and Diane Burden (Field Care Supervisor at Caremark).

Further image available of Tandie Sithole, from Caremark, at the Time for a Cuppa event.

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About Caremark

Caremark is the UK's largest privately owned care franchise with a turnover of £65m. We are a leading home care provider with over 100 offices in the UK and Ireland. We support over 6000 customers and employ more than 5400 carers who deliver on average, over 96,000 hours of care, every single week, across the UK. Established in 2005, we are proud to be a wholly UK owned and operated home care franchise which has an established and successful UK based network. 43% of Caremark franchisees are female, which is almost double the national franchising average. It's a figure we are really proud of. Not only that, but a large proportion of our management team are women, including our Managing Director, Finance Director, National Operations Manager and National Training Manager. The UK has an ageing population which is estimated to grow some 58% in the next 20 years. As the demand for more complex and highly professional levels of care increases, we continue to provide a quality service to those in need of help and support. There is also a developing awareness that care at home can benefit not only those individuals in need but the hospitals and other organisations that are also responsible for looking after them.

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