Ascot Care Salute Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is back on Saturday 24th June where we all show our support for the men and women who are part of the Armed Forces community. With celebrations taking place throughout the UK, the day welcomes everyone to show their appreciation for those currently current serving to veterans, cadets and Service families.

Starting on Monday 19th June, when the Armed Forces Day flag will be raised on buildings and landmarks around the country, there are so many opportunities to get involved including special events in town, city centres and within local communities. Take a look at the handy map here to see what is happening close to you.

UKMCC in Bahrain

At Ascot Care, we have been continually supporting two fantastic charities which raise awareness and funds for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

1820 Foundation lays focus on supporting ex-Armed Forces struggling with personal or social issues, as well as helping children and families who have lost family members during the course of military service.

With a range of events hosted by the charity, from sports and endurance challenges to social and fun events, there are plenty of ways to actively take part in helping build awareness for the 1820 Foundation, including our bi-annual Charity Golf Day.

Another of the charities we support is Hire A Hero who assist ex-military personnel in moving into employment, training, housing and care. They work in partnership with public, private and third sector organisations to provide a network of support to lead service leavers to appropriate resources.

The Charity Golf Day

Ascot Care is a platinum sponsor of the Hire a Hero Gorillas, a rugby club used to promote the charity and raise awareness and funds. Our staff participate in events and also volunteer their time out of office to help raise awareness and funds for Hire a Hero as well as the 1820 Foundation and will continue to do so in order to demonstrate our support of the military.

Showing your support on Armed Forces Day helps boost moral for the troops and their families. Click here to find out more on how you can help support and celebrate.

A Very Big Thank You - Carers Week

This week we are celebrating Carers Week from Monday 12th - Sunday 18th June. This is an annual campaign that raises awareness of the hard work that goes into caring and to highlight the challenges carers can face.
 
The incredibly supportive staff of Ascot Care are no exception, and we want to say a huge thank you to each one for their continued hard work.
 
Here at Ascot Care, we make sure every carer receives all the training they need to support people in whatever way they can. Our residential care homes and nursing homes across the UK have staff members who can offer specialists care to people as well as offer respite and day care to support fellow carers in need of hours or days off.
 
As an agency, we also have a group of incredible carers who are available to help out other residential care homes and nursing homes when they need additional temporary staff members.  Our home care team care for clients in their own homes and go above and beyond to ensure the clients are well cared for in a safe environment.
 
Carers Week highlights and celebrates the 6.5 million in the UK who are unpaid carers to loved ones. The campaign sets out to build Carer Friendly Communities by asking people to recommend an organisations, services and employers who are carer friendly, as well as asking people and organisations to pledge themselves as being carer friendly.
 
Ascot Care offer free training and awareness in Dementia as well as a host of other courses so if your require training or assistance with care or assistance in finding staff we can help.
 
You can find out more about Carers Week by visiting the campaign here to recommend an organisation, make a pledge or print off the Carers Checklist which sets out steps you can take to become carer friendly.
 
Finally and most importantly we to say a huge THANK YOU to our carers.

Golfers Tee Off For Fourth Charity Golf Day

Our charity golf day was back and took centre stage last week on Friday 26th May, with golfing teams helping raise funds for military charities and dementia services.

This was our fourth annual golf day and was hosted in Newcastle at Close House in Heddon-on-the-Wall. 15 local golf teams joined for a good game across the 18 hole course, with picturesque views across River Tyne Valley. For the daring golfers, there was a prize of £10k, providing by us at Ascot Care, for anyone who could get a hole-in-one - but sadly, it wasn’t won. Maybe next time.

15 teams enjoyed the sunny weather at Close House in Heddon-on-the-Wall
Polo shirts, golf balls, corporate hospitality at a Newcastle Falcons game and of course, the Ascot Cup were all prizes to be won.

The winning team of the day consisted of Paul Mackings, Ritchie Thirkel and Daniel Heckles, who won British Master’s Polo shirts to wear on the course, a set of golf balls to match and corporate hospitality at a Newcastle Falcon’s game next season. Other competitions on the day were the ‘Longest Drive’ and ‘Nearest to the Pin’, both won by Paul Cooper who won a golf polo shirt and a set of golf balls. But the real winners of the day were the charities we were raising money for to support ex-military personnel and those suffering from dementia.

Paul Mackings, Ritchie Thirkel and Daniel Heckles were the winning team of the day
Paul Cooper won both the Longest Drive and Nearest to the Pin

One of these charities is 1820 Foundation, who are North East based and raise awareness for the ex-Armed Forces community through sports, endurance challenges, social functions and fun events. The funds raised support ex-military personnel. The charity have plenty of events coming up, including a Wine Tasting evening, Carry The Orphan Challenge and The Stretcher Carry coming next year.  These events are open to anyone and for further information visit www.1820foundation.com

We raised an amazing £3500 for 1820 Foundation and dementia charities
To celebrate, our team baked up a treat with a yummy cake

Due to the huge success of the previous Golf Days, we are planning on hosting our next golf day this September, and turning this day into a bi-annual event.
 
A very big congratulations goes out to all the winners of the Golf Day and to those who joined in and supported us.  We hope to see you all again in September.